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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...

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...

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...

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...