Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Welcome to Surfrider's MLPA Blog

The Surfrider Foundation has been following the Marine Life Protection Act since 1999.  The law was passed by the State of California to reevaluate current marine protected areas and to establish a network of protected areas from Oregon to the Mexican border.  

Surfrider created this FAQ sheet that will answer the easy and tough questions you might have about the MLPA. 

The purpose of this blog is to make sure our members and supporters are up to speed with our MLPA efforts.  The blog will also act as a calendar of sorts, so that you can stay informed about important MLPA meetings and other deadlines surrounding the creation of marine protected areas. 

Now is your chance to learn more about the Marine Life Protection Act (MLPA) and view proposals for protected areas in southern California.  Over the summer, MLPA Staff will be hosting open houses to display draft maps of marine protected areas; and to answer questions the general public might have about the MLPA.  You can swing by any time you like!  Go here to find a location near you.

In addition, the Surfrider Foundation will be hosting community forums later this summer so we can discuss the MLPA with our membership and supporters.  

It’s critical local communities are involved with the process of designating protected areas. That’s why the Surfrider Foundation is gathering information from local communities and our membership
. Our goal is to balance our members' commitment to restoring and protecting our coast and ocean, with our support of sustainable and accessible fishing opportunities.  If you have questions about MLPA or want to get involved, please contact Stefanie at:  Ssekich@surfrider.org

To learn more about the history of MLPA and how the law is being implemented go here. 

Thanks for your support and awareness! 

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