Draft Environmental Impact Statement

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Posted by cinmsjoe on August 13, 2006 at 08:39:59:

In Reply to: no fishing zones posted by Gregg M on August 13, 2006 at 08:16:24:

AUGUST 11th through OCTOBER 10th, 2006

NOAA’s National Marine Sanctuary Program has released a Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the consideration of marine reserves and conservation areas within the CINMS. The purpose of the proposed action is to maintain the natural biological communities, and to protect, where appropriate, restore and enhance natural habitats, populations, and ecological processes. This action is being considered to complement the State of California's establishment of a network of marine reserves and conservation areas within the State waters of the CINMS in 2003.

In 1999, the Sanctuary and the California Department of Fish and Game developed a joint state and federal process to consider marine reserves in the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary. The process stems from our shared concern for protecting and sustaining Channel Islands marine resources and our overlapping and complimentary jurisdiction. The process is based on extensive public input and the best available marine science and economics.

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