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Marine Protections Finalized

The state Fish and Game Commission has finalized a plan declaring most of Laguna Beach a marine reserve, affording it the highest protection under state law. In this historic decision, which designates 36 marine protected areas across Southern California, a largely environmental...

Fishing Interests Vow to Oppose a Larger Marine Reserve

A state-appointed panel favors a plan that would expand Laguna Beach’s existing marine reserve at Heisler Park to encompass 5.6 miles of the town’s shoreline and result in a ban on recreational and commercial fishing within the reserve for several years. Fishing interests who...

Marine Protection Decision Lures a Capacity Crowd

Amid a standing room only crowd a committee appointed by the state Fish and Game Department was set to vote this past Thursday on a plan for marine protection along southern California’s coast, nearly bringing to a close a lengthy public review process and establishing stricter...

A Final Cast for Marine Protection Plans

Controversial plans for creating new marine protected areas along the Southern California coast are nearing a conclusion, and will impact Laguna Beach residents, tourists, fishermen and other ocean-users by the end of the year. One of the three final proposals making its way...