Marine Life Protection Act (MLPA)

South Coast MPAs
Photo Credit: Bob Wohlers

The Marine Life Protection Act (MLPA) was passed in 1999 and is part of the California Fish and Game Code. The MLPA requires California to reevaluate all existing marine protected areas (MPAs) and potentially design new MPAs that together function as a statewide network. In order to implement this Act, California was divided into 5 bioregions, in which the MLPA could be implemented sequentially. The Act has been implemented in the South Coast, the Central Coast, the North Central Coast, and is currently underway in the North Coast. The final bioregion is San Francisco Bay.

USC Sea Grant participated in the process of designing the MPAs for the South Coast region, working together with scientists, coastal resource managers, city officials, environmentalists, recreational anglers, commercial anglers and non-consumptive recreational users such as scuba divers, boaters, and beach-goers. USC Sea Grant's priority was to ensure the best available scientific information was used in the decision-making process.

For more information on the MLPA process and the locations of the proposed South Coast MPAs which will be implemented November 2011 along the California coast, go to: http://www.dfg.ca.gov/mlpa/

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