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Posted by Steve Lawson on August 26, 2008 at 12:06:20:

In Reply to: Ticket for having game in a MLPA taken outside the MLPA posted by Chris on August 25, 2008 at 19:27:21:

All three of the California Resources Codes State Marine Reserve, 36700(a), State Marine Park 36700(b), State Marine Conservation Area 36700(c) state:

“…it is unlawful to injure, damage, take or possess any living, geological or cultural marine resource…”

See http://www.dfg.ca.gov/mlpa/defs.asp#smr http://caselaw.lp.findlaw.com/cacodes/prc/36700-36900.html

Note the inclusion of the word “possess,” which makes it a violation to have a “marine resource,” even if you are transiting a Reserve, Park, or Conservation area.

It is interesting that the following Channel Islands MPAs Detailed Descriptions provided by the CA DFG omits the term “possess.”

http://www.dfg.ca.gov/marine/channel_islands/pdfs/mpa_descriptions.pdf



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