WEATHER »

Implementation of Marine Protected Areas Pushed Back


The roll-out date of Southern California’s new marine protected areas (MPAs) has been pushed from 10/1 to 1/1/12, the California Department of Fish and Game announced this week. Based on controversy surrounding the legislation — which would create 36 zones in the waters between Pt. Conception and the border of Mexico to protect ocean ecosystems via a spectrum of recreational and commercial fishing restrictions — the state’s Office of Administrative Law (OAL) asked for clarification and additional information on the MPA plan. A Fish and Game spokesperson said the move was not unusual for such a massive regulatory undertaking, noting that her agency will be able to provide all the data the OAL asked for.

To submit a comment on this article, email letters@independent.com or visit our Facebook page. To submit information to a reporter, email tips@independent.com.



event calendar sponsored by:

Muslim Students Organize Vigil for New Zealand Victims

Attack that killed 51 people described as “act of pure evil and terrorism” by UCSB students.

News Commentary: Death Penalty Shouts and Whispers

Governor's reprieve has little effect in Santa Barbara, except in the Han case.

Goleta Planning Commissioners Just Say ‘No’

Vociferous comments from Old Town residents help tip the balance for oversight on cannabis storefront applications.

Bullet Holes Found in Goleta Barbershop Window

Public's help requested in shooting investigation.

Free Emergency Response Training

The Independent is hosting a CERT class with County Fire's Mike Eliason.