Mark your calendars! The Fish and Game Commission will be holding the final ‘discussion hearing’ about the MLPA process in San Diego on Oct 20-21 (we are still not sure what day they will specifically discuss the south coast MLPA, but mark your calendars, regardless). The final ‘adoption hearing’ will be in Santa Barbara (Dec 15-16).
In other Commission news… this week, the Commission held an “emergency meeting” to discuss delaying the final environmental review process–which would have been a set back for the implementation date. Fortunately the Commission voted to only postpone comments for the Draft Environmental Impact (DEIR) by 15 days instead of 45; so the hearings in San Diego and Santa Barbra are still on track.
In the next few days Surfrider will be re-launching our Action Alert asking the Commission to adopt the IPA (the final map that is before them). Surfrider spent the past 2 years meeting with a diverse community of people invested in the MLPA process and we believe the IPA map meets MLPA guidelines; contains viewpoints from conversationalists and fishermen alike; and in the end, the IPA will produce productive Marine Protected Areas in the future (which is vitally important to both the Surfrider Foundation and the Fish and Game Commission).
If you have questions about the upcoming hearings and would like to testify in support of the IPA, please contact Stefanie at: Ssekich@surfrider.org