RFA Wants "Unified Array" In Northern California

Califonia DFGWest Coast Regional Director Jim Martin has announced that the Recreational Fishing Alliance (RFA) has endorsed a resolution in support of the "Unified Array" for marine protected areas on California's North Coast Marine Life Protection Act (MLPA) Initiative process.

The resolution has been submitted for the consideration of local governments, tribes and tribal communities, fishing associations and conservation groups. It asks the Governor's MLPA Blue Ribbon Task Force (BRTF) to approve the network of MPAs approved by the local regional stakeholder group.

"In other regions of the state, there were numerous proposals moved forward for the BRTF's consideration and they cherry-picked from these proposals to craft their own, to the great disadvantage of recreational anglers in those regions," reported Martin. "We are very pleased with the work the stakeholders achieved in the north coast region, and urge all recreational fishermen to join us in support of their work."

RFA members throughout California volunteered for duty on each region's MLPA regional stakeholder group. "The entire membership thanks RFA members Tim Klassen, Ben Doane, Brandi Easter and Kevin McGrath for their tireless work on behalf of all recreational fishermen and divers on the north coast," said Martin. "We urge all recreational fishing associations, clubs and organizations to join us in support of the "Unified MPA Array" by endorsing this resolution and sending it to the Blue Ribbon Task Force."

The RFA-endorsed resolution regarding the Unified MPA Array can be found online at www.joinrfa.org/press/RFAEndorsedResolution_090910.pdf.

The BRTF meets in Fortuna, CA on October 25th and 26th to consider the proposal. Support letters for the "Unified Array" can be sent by email to mlpacomments@resources.ca.gov.

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