Terry Nieves1 
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Re: “The MLPA Ventures North

It is easy to talk good about MPA's and the MLPA, as it was initially passed into law in 1999. Dr. John Lindl was gone from the MAXXAM-Pacific Lumber-KaiserTech presidencies by 1992-1993. His work was done.

Although Jennifer Savage of the Ocean Conservancy on Hawk's 080609 radio show on KZYX stated that the MLPA is not a fisheries management tool:

The Magnusen Stevens Act clearly states: According to the MSA,? Essential FIsh Habitat - ?EFH must be described and identified for the fishery as a whole? (?16? ?U.S.C.? §?1853?(?a?)(?7?))?.? ?The EFH Final Rule clarifies that every Fisheries Management Plan (FMP) must describe and identify EFH for each life? ?stage of each managed species.? ?As further clarification,? ?NOAA General Counsel has stated that? “?Fishery?” ?as used in the MSA in reference to EFH refers to the fishery management unit? (?FMU?) ?of a FMP.

The MLPA - Initiative is a fishery management tool, & so much more. Now we come to Governance Strategy and Budget, a description from the G&B Moore Foundation:

The Resources Legacy Fund Foundation is providing $30 million over six years, 2008-2013, in support of CCMI activities. Other Foundations supporting elements of the activities described here (amounting to 100's of millions of dollars) include the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, the Marisla Foundation, the Keith Campbell Foundation for the Environment, and the Annenberg Foundation.

The Ocean Protection Council, established by state law in 2004, provides a vehicle for reform of policies and programs and for more focused state funding to reflect an ecosystem-based approach (EBM). For instance, building the capacity of the Ocean Protection Council’s Science Advisory Committee can introduce independent science advice into the assessment and design of state ocean and coastal programs in a particularly relevant way.

In 2004, the MLPA Initiative, a public-private partnership with The Resources Agency, the Department of Fish and Game, and the Resources Legacy Fund Foundation, was launched with the goal of designing and establishing the statewide network of of MPAs required by the 1999 MLPA.

Fisheries Management Tool

With Governor Schwarzenegger’s signing of the California Ocean Protection Act in? ?2004,? ?California established a multi-agency Ocean Protection Council to coordinate state policy consistent with EBM.? ?Through the establishment of a Science Advisory Council and other measures,? ?the? ?Ocean Protection Council is establishing itself as a vehicle for governance reform.?

The Schwarzenegger Administration has committed to completing MPA networks in the four regions of the outer coast by the end of 2011.

And if I am not mistaken protections against offshore oil run out in 2012.

Now what is the rush?

Posted by Terry Nieves on 08/07/2009 at 8:43 AM

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