October 19, 2010
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Jamie Ortiz 619-758-7743 x101; 858-337-7466 (cell)
Final Public Discussion on Marine Protected Areas This Wednesday
SAN DIEGO- Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2010- On Wednesday, San Diego Coastkeeper expects hundreds of attendees to show their support for strong marine protected areas at the Fish & Game Commission meeting at the Four Points by Sheraton on Aero Dr. This is the final public discussion before the Fish & Game Commission approves in December an established network of marine protected areas—akin to underwater parks– in Southern California.
WHO: San Diego Coastkeeper, environmental organizations from the region and supporters of marine protected areas in Southern California
WHAT: Fish & Game Commission’s final public discussion hearing regarding marine protected areas in Southern California. This is the only Fish & Game Commission meeting in San Diego this year and is nearly the last of more than sixty days of public meetings conducted in the past two years on this issue.
WHEN: Wednesday, Oct. 20, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. The topic is expected to take all day, with public comment beginning approximately at 10:15 a.m.
WHERE: Four Points by Sheraton at 8110 Aero Drive in San Diego
WHY: Known as “underwater state parks,” marine protected areas set aside sensitive ecosystems to allow marine life and habitats an opportunity to recover and thrive. Since its adoption in 1999, the Marine Life Protection Act required implementation of these areas along the state’s entire coastline. Scientific studies of over 80 marine reserves worldwide, 30 of which are in habitats similar to California’s, have shown that reserves (one type of marine protected area where no extractive activities, like fishing, are allowed) placed in California-like habitats allow the fish and other animals to more than double their population size and grow 30 percent larger than animals outside reserves. Recent research also shows that as numbers of fish increase inside marine reserves, fish are more likely to “spillover” into surrounding areas and benefit local fisheries.
Jamie Ortiz, San Diego Coastkeeper: 858-337-7466
Founded in 1995, San Diego Coastkeeper protects the region’s inland and coastal waters for the communities and wildlife that depend on them by blending education, community empowerment and advocacy. Visit us online at http://www.sdcoastkeeper.org.