California Marine Life Protection Act Initiative: Schedule for Review of the Draft Master Plan Framework Revised February 3, 2005
Over the next two months, the MLPA Blue Ribbon Task Force, the Master Plan Science Advisory Team and stakeholders will be reviewing draft text for the master plan framework. The task force is scheduled to adopt a draft master plan framework at its April 11-12, 2005 meeting, after which the document will be forwarded to the Department of Fish and Game (DFG). DFG will then submit its recommended draft master plan framework for consideration by the Fish and Game Commission over succeeding months.
Target dates for discussion and review of the draft master plan framework are as follows:
February 9: Release draft sections of the master plan framework on the design and evaluation of MPAs and MPA networks and on monitoring and evaluation. Begin public comment on these draft sections.
February 11: Review of initial sections at the science team meeting.
February 17: Release of other sections of the draft master plan framework.
February 22: Review of all sections of the draft master plan framework at the task force meeting, solicit input from expert and stakeholder panels, and receive public comment.
March 1: Public comment closes on first draft sections.
March 15: Revised draft master plan framework is released for public comment.
March 23: Review of key sections of the revised draft master plan framework by the science team.
March 25: Public comment closes on revised draft.
April 4: Public release of recommended draft master plan framework.
April 11: The task force reviews and adopts a recommended draft master plan framework after public comment.
April 15: Recommended draft master plan framework is submitted to DFG.
May 23: DFG presents a draft master plan framework to the Fish and Game Commission and public comment is solicited. The Fish and Game Commission process will last several months and will include several opportunities for public comment.
All draft documents will be posted to the MLPA Initiative website as soon as possible after their release. If you have questions or comments on these draft documents, please contact Mike Weber at Mike.Weber@resources.ca.gov.