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Posted by Gregg M on August 13, 2006 at 08:16:24:

LOS ANGELES - Federal authorities have unveiled a proposal to double the size of no-fishing zones around the Channel Islands off Southern California to protect marine life

About 20 percent of the waters surrounding five islands off Ventura and Santa Barbara counties would be closed to harvest under the plan. No-fishing zones would grow to 309 square miles, and an additional 12 square miles would be set aside as a marine conservation area.

The reserves would be established in deep water to complement the shallower refuges California created around the islands three years ago. The strategy seeks to protect a variety of species, including lobsters, rockfish and abalone.

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