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Re: “The MLPA Ventures North

As far as the process being open, most north coastal counties residents don't have broadband connections and while the 'Process Promoters' talk of 'anyone with internet access can participate' it's simply not true. The documents, although they don't say anything of immediately accessible useful importance (and this is purposeful layering of access), to participate in this digital democracy requires broadband.

Try accessing/commenting to FERC as an Intervenor or, or viewing MMS documents. This is the Digital Divide.

As far as Abalone: A distinction must be made between poaching (the rubber army blues) and overfishing. According to current DFG surveys the ab resource stands at an average of 7400-8000 per hectare all age classes. The fishery is considered sustainable at 6000 per hectare and closes at 3000 per hectare. Visit the many Abalone networks website. They are very concerned about poaching. The Sonoma County Abalone Network is on top of it. Look up Sea Lion cove, Point Arena (which is now a closed area) on Utube.

The MPA's and Ecosystem Based Management models are based in the Public Commons Section of the Magnusen Stevens Fisheries Act and thus spatial mapping of multiple use is important.

Therein lies the unanswered question posed at every meeting and hearing: Do MPA's protect against industrialization, militarization, or privatization by lease... and the answer is a resounding No One Knows.

Anyways the Farallones are more than an MPA. It is the world's largest underwater nuclear dumpsite. http://www.astral-arts.com/farallones.html

Regional Governance: Because of the federal consistency law and the Fisheries Management Councils, and international law, the Farallones were a test of the overlaps.

And if MPA's and the MLPA-I really were about protecting fishery resources and habitat, then why does the (NMFS) continue to maintain certain regulations pertaining to foreign fishing should there be a situation in the future in which allowing limited foreign fishing in an underutilized fishery would be of advantage to the U.S. fishing industry? And that information can be found in the Summary of Maritime Literacy Planning Meeting 6-7 February 2006 in LA.

Posted by Seaweed Rebel on 08/07/2009 at 8:45 AM

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