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Tag: "Orange County Coastkeeper"

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Public Gains From Support for Marine Hearings

Public Gains From Support for Marine Hearings

Editor, I read with interest, “Marine Hearings Buoyed by Non Profits” in the Feb. 11 edition. As associate director of Orange County Coastkeeper and a member of the South Coast Regional Stakeholder Group that developed the new Marine Protected Areas I spent substantial time on this issue and would like to take the opportunity to […]

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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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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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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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Bumps on the Road to Marine Protections

Bumps on the Road to Marine Protections

The process of creating marine protected areas off the coast of California is a long, tedious one, and it’s nearing its end. Various groups involved in drawing the map have been passionately pushing their causes, and the final round is upon us, with a Department of Fish and Game oversight panel last week narrowing the […]