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California Implements 36 New Marine Protected Areas in Southern California in 2010

Many marine species are crashing, or nearing those danger levels, and California is taking steps to protect vital habitat and breeding space for key marine species, in order to replenish the stock.

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Ocean Reserves Are "Life Rafts" For Marine Species

The California Fish and Game Commission approved 36 new Marine Protected Areas (MPAs, areas where fishing is limited or restricted along the Southern California Coast, from Pt. Conception to the Mexican border. The Commission adopted the Integrated Preferred Alternative (IPA) to satisfy the state's Marine Life Protection Act (MLPA). The IPA is a step in the right direction. With approximately 16.5% of the southern California coast set aside in MPAs, scientists and environmentalists expect to see an increase in the size, diversity, and abundance of marine fish and invertebrates.

These protected area changes should result in healthier and more resilient reefs, kelp beds, estuaries and tide pools. Throughout the state's two year process of stakeholder meetings and receiving scientific guidance, the Environmental Defense Center and conservation partners were strong supporters of a science based network of MPAs.

EDC intends to continue advocating for adaptive management to ensure that fish populations not only increase within MPAs but also spill over into areas outside of the MPAs.

Here's a complete map of Southern California Coast Study Region:

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