Monday, September 19, 2011


New Date Set for MLPA. Jan 1, 2012

The Fish and Game Commission approved a new implementation date of Jan 1, 2012 for Marine Protected Areas in the South Coast.  By waiting until Jan 1, 2012, the Commission has been able to ensure all regulations and final elements of the maps are vetted thoroughly.  See the press release issued by the Commission regarding the new Jan 1 date here.

Photo:  Dana Murray
Two years ago when the final set of Stakeholder maps were released, the Surfrider Foundation held community forums around the South Coast to receive feedback from local communities.  We plan on holding similar forums during the month of Nov.  The main goals of the forums are to:

  • Notify local communities about the  new Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) that will soon go into effect.  
  • Discuss maps, locations, and regulations for each MPA. 
  • Talk about future work to ensure these MPAs are successful.  
We plan on holding forums in Santa Barbara, Los Angeles, Orange County and San Diego.  Please return to this blog to find out the dates and locations once they have been selected. 


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