The south coast portion of the Marine Life Protection Act process of creating Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) is up for consideration. If you’ve been following us for a while, you know what to do! Let the Blue Ribbon Task Force know that you support high levels of conservation–this time the preferred alternative is the Group 3 proposal. You can do so easily at the MPA hub caloceans.org.
If you haven’t followed the MLPA process, the law requires California to develop a network of MPAs throughout the coast. We’ve established these networks in the Central Coast, from Point Conception to Ano Nuevo, and the North Central Coast, which skips the SF Bay and goes up to Point Arena. The North and South coasts are being considered now.
Marine Protected Areas are important to us at The Otter Project because protecting habitat is an essential tenet of ecosystem based management. Creating wildlife refuges at sea is equivilent to creating underwater Yosemites–and it shows that as a society, we’ve finally started to value the protection of the oceans like we do the protection of land. The Otter Project was part of the group of environmentalists that spearheaded the movement to create MPAs in the Central Coast–and although it’s a bit beyond otter range, we continue to support the process as it occurs throughout the rest of the state.
After all, once all of it was otter habitat, and if we do our job right, it will be again someday. Take a minute to register your support for an MPA network with a strong conservation focus–especially if you live in or visit So Cal!