#19: CREATION OF CALIFORNIA MARINE PRESERVE
|Recently, recognition has
been given to the increasingly sophisticated technology used to harvest
the marine life of our oceans and waterways. Popular Science
magazine, in an article entitled "Clearcuts of the Sea," notes that
bottom trawling and dredging for shrimp, scallops, sole, and flounder
annually disturb an area of the world's seabed twice the size of the
contiguous United States.
|Following fifteen months
of study, biologists and government experts have recommended the
designation of a large marine conservation area long the southern
California coast which would be off-limits to fishing. The
proposed conservation area would include large sections of ocean near
Cataline Island, but also included would be coastal waters off
Carpinteria, Leo Carrillo Beach, Palos Verde Peninsula, Laguna Beach,
Dana Point, Camp Pendleton, and La Jolla. This proposed new
conservation area would be in addition to the previously proposed
protected areas around the northern Channel Islands.
|For nearly two years,
biologists, environmentalists, sport and commercial fishermen have
disagreed over an appropriate proportion of the northern island's
waters to be protected. Biologists wanted 30% to 50% off limits;
fishermen wanted no more than 18%. The subsequent recommendation
for consideration is 26%.
|The deadline for adoption
of the final southern waters proposal is April 1, 2002.
|The Federation of Western
Outdoor Clubs 1) supports the effort by the State of California to
create a protected marine conservation area in southern California, and
2) urges California's governor, the state legislature, and officials of
the California Department of Fish and Game to establish these marine
conservation areas and to appropriate the required funds to see that
they are properly protected.
|Please contact: Governor
Gray Davis, 1st Floor, Capitol Building, Sacramento, CA 95814,
California Department of Fish and Game, 1416 9th Street, Sacramento, CA
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