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More Nonsense From Eco Extremists

More Nonsense From Eco Extremists

Editor, Once again I see a long propaganda piece in the Independent’s Letter section trying to justify the unneeded and costly Marine Life Protection Act (“Public Gains From Support for Marine Hearings,” Feb. 18). The whole MLPA fiasco is nothing but more environmental extremism used to take away ever more of our few remaining freedoms […]

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Marine Protections Finalized

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 precedent has been set. Ray Hiemstra, Associate Director of Orange County Coastkeeper, said, […]

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Fish Populations in Laguna

Fish Populations in Laguna

Bill Shedd, paddled his kayak along the reefs just off of Woods Cove, where he lives and fishes 30 days per year. He noticed a small boat with a man fishing with his three year old daughter and eight year old son. “They were giggling and laughing and catching mackerel,” said Shedd, “I told them […]

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Fishing Interests Vow to Oppose a Larger Marine Reserve

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 oppose the plan, including Laguna Beach’s mayor, said following the vote […]

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Marine Protection Decision Lures a Capacity Crowd

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 regulations that will effect marine ecosystems, fishermen, tourists, and […]

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A Final Cast for Marine Protection Plans

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 towards state regulators includes designating Laguna Beach’s entire coastline a marine reserve, […]

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Scrutiny Begins for Marine Protection Plans

Scrutiny Begins for Marine Protection Plans

Next Tuesday, a Department of Fish and Game oversight panel will evaluate six proposals to broaden marine protected areas along the coast of Southern California, which include plans to strengthen marine protections along Laguna Beach’s coastline. The panel’s feedback to the interested groups involved in drafting the proposals, as well as recommendations from an advisory […]

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Leaders Endorse Citywide Fishing Ban

Leaders Endorse Citywide Fishing Ban

Laguna Beach’s City Council voted 4-1 Tuesday to request that the California Department of Fish and Game give Laguna the highest possible level of marine protection, barring fishing of any kind in Laguna’s coastal waters by declaring the city’s entire seven-mile coastline a State Marine Reserve. Council member Toni Iseman, who initiated the measure, said, […]