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John Kerry leads bold actions to protect our ocean

June 18 2014

John Kerry leads bold actions to protect our ocean

Ocean Ecosystems Marine Protected Areas

This week Secretary of State John Kerry convened the State Department’s first “Our Ocean” conference to focus on domestic and international ocean protection issues that took bold action right from the start.

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Marine Sanctuaries in Northern California Slated for Expansion

April 14 2014

Marine Sanctuaries in Northern California Slated for Expansion

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The federal government is planning to expand two National Marine Sanctuaries in northern California. Please provide your public comments in support by the June 30 deadline

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California Delegation Shines Spotlight on Marine Protected Areas at International Conference

October 16 2013

California Delegation Shines Spotlight on Marine Protected Areas at International Conference

Ocean Ecosystems Marine Protected Areas Surf Protection Water Quality

If you’ve been lucky enough to go for a dive, surf, or kayak at the Channel Islands, it’s hard not to be captivated by the cathedral kelp forests, large fish cruising the reef, and clean waves breaking under your surfboard. These Islands, along with special places throughout the entire California…

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NOAA Seeks Input on Sanctuary Nomination Process

August 08 2013

NOAA Seeks Input on Sanctuary Nomination Process

Ocean Ecosystems Marine Protected Areas

The National Marine Sanctuaries Program has announced it plans to accept nominations for new sanctuaries. As the first step, NOAA is calling for public input on the criteria and process the agency would use to evaluate such proposals.

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Surfing & MPAs: Putting the Stoke in Conservation

February 12 2013

Surfing & MPAs: Putting the Stoke in Conservation

Ocean Ecosystems Marine Protected Areas Surf Protection Surfing Reserves

Millions of Americans go surfing in marine protected areas (MPAs) every year. MPAs help protect some of the best surfing spots in the country and often enjoy a reciprocal relationship with the surfing community.

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Can California’s Marine Protected Areas protect surfing?

January 18 2013

Can California’s Marine Protected Areas protect surfing?

Ocean Ecosystems Marine Protected Areas Surf Protection

California recently established the largest network of marine protection in the continental United States. One of the outstanding questions during the MPA designation process was, will these marine protected areas benefit surfing in any way? Answers are starting to come in...

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Expansion Proposed for Marine Sanctuaries off Northern California

December 23 2012

Expansion Proposed for Marine Sanctuaries off Northern California

Ocean Ecosystems Marine Protected Areas

The Obama Administration is planning to expand the Gulf of Farollones and Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuaries to protect the northern California coast from offshore drilling. Public comments on the proposal will be accepted by NOAA until March 1, 2013

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California’s Marine Protected Areas in Full Swing

December 20 2012

California’s Marine Protected Areas in Full Swing

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Have you ever heard the saying, “so goes California so goes the Nation”? Well, ocean advocates across the nation are hoping these words ring true when it comes to protecting important ocean resources. The State of California now officially owns a complete network of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs). These MPAs…

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Protecting some of Oregon’s Special Places

March 19 2012

Protecting some of Oregon’s Special Places

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South Coast Region Marine Protected Areas

January 04 2012

South Coast Region Marine Protected Areas

Ocean Ecosystems Marine Protected Areas

After a multi-year process with dozens of hearings and meetings to establish the boundaries and rules for a new network of marine protected areas (MPAs), the South Coast Region MLPA went into effect on January 1, 2012. The law created MPAs along about 10% of the Southern California coast. Read…

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Rincón Chapter Marine Debris Removal & Education Program

December 21 2011

Rincón Chapter Marine Debris Removal & Education Program

Ocean Ecosystems Marine Protected Areas

With funding provided by NOAA, the Surfrider Foundation Rincón chapter is working on their third marine debris removal and prevention project along the west coast of Puerto Rico. Check out this video update on the project.

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It’s Official.  South Coast MPAs Go Into Effect Oct 1, 2011

July 01 2011

It’s Official.  South Coast MPAs Go Into Effect Oct 1, 2011

Ocean Ecosystems Marine Protected Areas

The Fish and Game Commission officially voted this week that October 1, 2011 will be the implementation date for the southern California Marine Protected Areas. For over two years the State, local stakeholders and other organizations have been working to create a network of MPAs that protect sea life and…

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Update on Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) in Southern California and New MPA Science

June 24 2011

Update on Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) in Southern California and New MPA Science

Ocean Ecosystems Marine Protected Areas

Last December, the California Fish and Game Commission approved a final plan for Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) in southern California. Next week (June 29), the Commission will meet to discuss the timeline for implementation of protected areas and review MPAs proposed for the far north coast. This week several reports…

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December 17 2010

Marine Protected Areas Adopted by Fish and Game Commission

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December 07 2010

Yvon Chouinard, founder and owner of Patagonia, Opines about MPAs!

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November 30 2010

Historic Fish and Game Hearing Dec 15th.  Attend the Adoption hearing!

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October 28 2010

Southern California One Step Away from a Network of Marine Protected Areas.

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October 11 2010

Time and Date Set for Important MLPA Meeting.  Please Attend!

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October 01 2010

MLPA South Coast Updates

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February 11 2010

MLPA Update and a Way to Send some Valentines Love

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