Last Chance to Speak Up on South Coast Marine Protected Areas—Attend Commission Hearing on Dec 9 in
November 25 2009 | Ocean Ecosystems, Marine Protected Areas,
by Stefanie Sekich
The 'end of the line' for South Coast Marine Protected Areas has arrived! Dec 9th marks the final meeting in a 'yearlong process', and we need you to attend. As you know, the Blue Ribbon Task Force unanimously voted to forward a final map to the Fish and Game Commission. The map, called the Integrated Preferred Alternative (IPA), is a hybrid map representing diverse Stakeholder views.
The MLPA, as a law, was designed and written to ensure diverse views were incorporated into the final map.
Surfrider fully supports the IPA because we believe it contains a balance of conservation and fishing interests--and perspectives from all ocean users. The Commission will base its decision on public support--and that’s why they need to hear from you on Dec 9th!
Please attend the hearing and express that you are concerned about preserving ocean resources and that you support a 'balanced' proposal that provides strong protection while incorporating diverse stakeholder perspectives.
Dec 9th Meeting Information:
6225 W. Century Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA
**PUBLIC SPEAKER CARDS WILL BE AVAILABLE AT 9:00 AM AND MUST BE TURNED IN TO COMMISSION STAFF BY 10:10 AM FOR CONSIDERATION. PUBLIC TESTIMONY WILL BE HEARD FROM APPROXIMATELY 10:15 AM -12:30 PM TODAY. THE TIME ALLOTTED PER INDIVIDUAL WILL BE DETERMINED BASED ON THE NUMBER OF SPEAKER CARDS RECEIVED, AND ANNOUNCED AT THE START OF THE MEETING.**
Thanks and hope to see you at the Dec 9th hearing!