MLPA South Coast Regional Stakeholder Group Announced

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Posted by Chris Knight on September 30, 2008 at 17:52:13:

California Marine Life Protection Act Initiative Announcement

Who: MLPA Blue Ribbon Task Force Chair Don Benninghoven and California Department
of Fish and Game Director Donald Koch

What: Announce members of the MLPA South Coast Regional Stakeholder Group (see
below and attached)

When: September 30, 2008

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Sept. 30, 2008
Annie Reisewitz, MLPA Initiative




MLPA Initiative, California Department of Fish and Game Announce

South Coast Regional Stakeholder Group

Members chosen to represent diverse interests from Santa Barbara to San Diego

SACRAMENTO - The Marine Life Protection Act (MLPA) Initiative and California
Department of Fish and Game (DFG) today announced the appointment of the MLPA South
Coast Regional Stakeholder Group. Under the guidance of a blue ribbon task force,
this group of 30 primary members and 27 alternates (list below) is responsible for
working with a science advisory team and MLPA staff to help California improve the
design and management of the south coast portion of a statewide network of marine
protected areas (MPAs).

"An outstanding group of individuals was nominated for the south coast study region,
which underscores the public's commitment to making this process a success," said
DFG Director Donald Koch. "Selecting the appointments from this group of highly
qualified individuals was no easy task. We appreciate the willingness of each of
these stakeholders to dedicate the next 14 months to working collaboratively to help
protect the state's unparalleled coastline."

Group members bring an in-depth knowledge about local resources and uses to help
complete a regional profile, including an evaluation of existing MPAs within the
MLPA South Coast Study Region (from Point Conception in Santa Barbara County south
to the California border with Mexico, including offshore islands). The stakeholder
group will also develop recommendations for alternative MPA proposals. A team
composed of DFG staff, California Department of Parks and Recreation staff, and MLPA
Initiative staff and contractors will work closely with the stakeholder group
throughout the process.

"The regional stakeholder group represents a broad range of interests in the area,
and all members have knowledge of marine issues affecting the study region," said
MLPA Blue Ribbon Task Force Chair Don Benninghoven. "This knowledge is essential to
successfully guide the recommendations for implementing the Marine Life Protection
Act in this part of the state."

The stakeholder group includes, among others, representatives of recreational
angling, diving, commercial fishing, ports and harbors, conservation, business and
government agencies with MPA-related responsibilities.

MLPA Initiative Executive Director Ken Wiseman said that a large number of talented
people were nominated for the regional stakeholder group. "We selected a
manageable-sized group

that represents a wide range of interests in the south coast. The members of the
group are committed to taking a thoughtful look at the entire study region and have
demonstrated experience in working collaboratively with multi-interest groups,"
Wiseman said. "We believe these individuals have the ability to discuss and balance
varied perspectives and communicate those to a broad constituency."

The regional group's first meeting will take place Oct. 6 and 7 in El Segundo where
members will be introduced to one another and to the stakeholder process. Additional
members may be named prior to the first meeting. Subsequent meetings of the group
will be held every six to eight weeks, or as necessary, throughout the study region.

Discussions at group meetings will be carried out primarily by the stakeholder
representatives with the assistance of professional facilitators. Meetings will be
open to the public and will be videotaped for simultaneous Web casting and later
viewing on the Internet. Members of the public are encouraged to participate in the
meetings as observers; they also will have opportunities to provide comments on
evolving MPA proposals and other elements of the process.

The California Resources Agency and DFG have partnered with the Resources Legacy
Fund Foundation and others in an initiative to achieve the MLPA goals. This
public-private partnership is guided by the advice of scientists, resource managers,
experts, stakeholders and members of the public. The MLPA directs the state to
design and manage a system of marine protected areas in order to, among other
things, protect marine life and habitats, marine ecosystems, and marine natural
heritage, as well as improve recreational, educational and study opportunities
provided by marine ecosystems.

The MLPA requires DFG to prepare and present to the California Fish and Game
Commission a master plan that will guide the adoption and implementation of a Marine
Life Protection Program within the department. The commission is then required to
adopt a master plan, based on the best readily available science, which includes a
statewide network of MPAs. After the south coast region, the commission will be
presented with recommendations for alternative network components along the two
remaining study regions (north coast and San Francisco Bay) between 2009 and 2011.

For more information about the MLPA Initiative, please visit
http://www.dfg.ca.gov/mlpa .


California Marine Life Protection Act Initiative

Members of the South Coast Regional Stakeholder Group

Revised September 29, 2008

Sarah Abramson, Coastal Resources Director, Heal the Bay

Calla Allison, Marine Protection Officer, City of Laguna Beach (alternate for Ken

John F. Ballotti, Senior Director, Global Procurement, Mattel, Inc.

Benjamin Beede, General Manager and Limited Partner, The Cultured Abalone

Philip Beguhl, commercial fishing representative, Santa Barbara County Fish and Game

Steve Benevides, Co-founder, Kelp Forest Coalition

Bob Bertelli, President, California Sea Urchin Commission

Julie Bursek, Education Coordinator, Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary
(alternate for Brent Scheiwe)

Roberta R. Cordero, Co-Founder and President, Chumash Maritime Association

Jim Dahl, Council Member, City of San Clemente (alternate for Leslie Daigle)

Leslie Daigle, Mayor Pro Tem, City of Newport Beach and Regional Council Member,
Southern California Association of Governments

W. Scott Dunn, independent kayak guide and instructor

Dr. Jonna Engel, Staff Ecologist, California Coastal Commission

Dr. John M. "Jack" Engle, Associate Research Biologist, Marine Science Institute,
University of California, Santa Barbara (alternate for Phyllis Grifman)

Roy "Buck" Everingham, Owner, Everingham Brothers Bait Company (alternate for Ciro

Jenn Feinberg, Consultant, Natural Resources Defense Council (alternate for Greg Helms)

Ciro Ferrigno, Member of the Board, California Wetfish Producer's Association

Ray Fields, President, The Abalone Farm, Inc. (alternate for Benjamin Beede)

Robert C. Fletcher, President, Sportfishing Association of California (alternate for
Mike Gauger)

Mary Jane Forster-Foley, President, MJF Consulting Inc. (alternate for David Weeshoff)

Russell E. Galipeau, Superintendent, Channel Islands National Park

Michael Gauger, Seaforth Sportfishing, Inc.

Tommy Gomes, Owner, Uni Goop Bait (alternate for Bruce Steele)

Joel Greenberg, Southern California Chapter Chairman, Recreational Fishing Alliance
(alternate for John Balloti)

Phyllis Grifman, Associate Director, University of Southern California Sea Grant

Mervin "Louie" Guassac, Executive Director, Kumeyaay Diegueno Land Conservancy

Marcela Gutiérrez, Wildlife Conservation Program Manager, WiLDCOAST (alternate for
Sarah Abramson)

Kate Hanley, Director of Operations and Marine Conservation, San Diego Coastkeeper

Greg Helms, Southern California Program Manager, The Ocean Conservancy

Ray Hiemstra, Associate Director, Orange County Coastkeeper (alternate for Kate Hanley)

Mike Huber, Regional Environmental Coordinator Program Manager, U.S. Department of
Defense Region IX

Ken Kearsley, former Mayor, City of Malibu

Michael J. Kennedy, Deputy Director, Kayak Fishing Association of California
(alternate for Paul Lebowitz)

Eric Kett, Owner, Sea Zen Marine Consulting (alternate for Terry Maas)

Mick Kronman, Harbor Operations Manager, City of Santa Barbara

Paul Lebowitz, Director, Kayak Fishing Association of California

Dr. Terry Maas, Director, Underwater Society of America and Founding Member, Sea Watch

Jeff Maassen, Vice President, Commercial Fishermen of Santa Barbara, Inc. (alternate
for Bob Bertelli)

Jenny Marshall, Consultant, U.S. Navy (alternate for Mike Huber)

Carl Mayhugh, President, Pacific Oceanworks, Inc. (alternate for Steve Benevides)

Mike McCorkle, President, Southern California Trawlers Association (alternate for
Gerry Richter)

Dr. Michael McCoy, Member, Tijuana River National Estuarine Research Reserve
Management Authority (alternate for Dr. Vinod Sasidharan)

Merit McCrea, Captain, Condor Cruises and Research Technician, Marine Science
Institute (alternate for Norris Tapp)

Garth Murphy, Founder, Surf Research (alternate for W. Scott Dunn)

Bob Osborn, Member, United Anglers of Southern California (alternate for Wendy

Jack Peveler, President, California Association of Port Captains and Harbormasters
(alternate for Mick Kronman)

Dr. Benjamin Pister, Marine Ecologist, Cabrillo National Monument (alternate for
Russell E. Galipeau)

Lia Protopapadakis, Marine Policy Specialist, Santa Monica Bay Restoration
Foundation (alternate for Dr. Anne Spacie)

Gerry D. Richter, Vice President, Point Conception Groundfishermen's Association

Dr. Vinod Sasidharan, Associate Professor and Program Coordinator, Recreation and
Tourism Management Program, San Diego State University

Brent Scheiwe, Director, SEA Lab

Dr. Anne Spacie, Science Director and Member of the Board, Batiquitos Lagoon
Foundation and Professor Emerita, Purdue University

Bruce Steele, Captain, F/V Halcyon

Norris Tapp, Captain, F/V Freelance

Cassidy Teufel, Coastal Program Analyst, California Coastal Commission (alternate
for Jonna Engel)

Wendy Tochihara, National Sales Manager, Izorline International

David Weeshoff, Member of the Board, International Bird Rescue Research Center

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