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Marine Life Protection Act Community Forum



September 29, Tuesday.   7-8pm

Santa
Monica Library—Ocean Park Branch, 2601 Main St. Santa Monica, CA 90405



Explore
Maps of Marine Protected Areas with the Surfrider Foundation!  






   Decades of overfishing, coastal
development, and pollution have taken a toll on Southern California’s ocean
environment.  To help improve our ocean’s
health, the State is setting aside protected zones similar to state parks so
that marine life can thrive. 

After a
year of ‘map-making’ and planning, the Marine Life
Protection Act (MLPA) process is in the home stretch.   Local stakeholders are putting final touches
on the maps and will come up with three different
proposals. The three proposals will ultimately be forwarded to the Fish and
Game Commission where they will vote on onemap they think will work best for southern
California.

This is one of your last chances
to give meaningful input on where marine protected areas should be located!  Please
join Surfrider to learn more about the Marine Life Protection Act and to discuss the proposed maps. After the
community forums, Surfrider will compile all constructive comments into a letter that will be sent
to decision makers before the final vote.  We need to hear from you!   

Agenda:

·        
7:00-7:10—Welcome
and brief overview.

·        
7:10-7:20—Summary
of Surfrider’s outreach efforts over the past year and what we learned from
local communities and Surfrider supporters.

·        
7:20-7:40—Overview
and discussion of each map. 

·        
7:40-8:00—Questions
& Answers.

 

Community Forum Information: 

September 29, Tuesday.   7-8pm

Santa
Monica Library—Ocean Park Branch
2601 Main St.
Santa Monica, CA  90405

Come early, as seating
is limited.

 

About the
Marine Life Protection Act

 

The
MLPA is a law that requires the state to establish a “network” of marine
protected areas from Oregon to the Mexican border.
  The
goals of the MLPA are to: ‘set aside’ areas of the ocean to increase fish
populations, enhance marine habitat, and to improve recreational and
educational opportunities.   Over the past year, Surfrider
has been working with diverse groups of people including recreationalists,
fishermen, environmentalists, and Chapter activists to ensure the law is
effectively implemented.  
 
To
learn more go here: http://mlpasurfrider.blogspot.com/  or email Ssekich@surfrider.org

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