Posts Tagged Indian Tribes

Jul 5 2011

Fish and Game Commission Votes on Effective Date for South Coast MPAs

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Jordan Traverso, DFG Communications

The California Fish and Game Commission (Commission) today selected Oct. 1, 2011 as the effective date for implementation of the marine protected areas (MPAs) in Southern California.

In a 4-1 vote, Commissioners selected this day to better inform affected ocean users of the new regulations in the South Coast Study Region, which spans from Point Conception in Santa Barbara County to the U.S./Mexico border. Commissioner Daniel Richards was the only vote in opposition.

On Dec. 15, 2010 the Commission adopted regulations to create a suite of MPAs in this study region. Developed under the Marine Life Protection Act (MLPA) planning process, this network of 49 MPAs and three special closures covers approximately 354 square miles of state waters and represents approximately 15 percent of the region. The regulatory package is being prepared for the Office of Administrative Law (OAL) and the date selected today allows time for OAL review and approval, finalizing the lawmaking process.

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Jul 3 2011

Marine preservation proposal would allow Indian tribal harvests

By Matt Weiser
American Indian tribes on California’s North Coast will retain the right to harvest plants and wildlife for subsistence purposes under a plan for new marine preserves north of Fort Bragg.

The California Fish and Game Commission, meeting in Stockton on Wednesday, approved the subsistence gathering language as its preferred option for additional environmental study.

Though not yet final, it indicates a major shift in state policy toward coastal protection.

“I hope if one thing comes out of this process, it’s the beginning of long-term trust between sovereign tribal governments and the state of California,” said John Laird, secretary of the state’s Natural Resources Agency.

Read more here.