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Posted by Chuck Tribolet on July 05, 2009 at 05:32:18:

In Reply to: Correcting MLPS mis-information (cross-post) posted by Ken Kurtis on July 04, 2009 at 14:49:54:

Title 14, Section 632, (a)(1)(D):

State Marine Recreational Management Areas: In a state marine recreational
management area, it is unlawful to perform any activity that would compromise the
recreational values for which the area may be designated. Recreational opportunities
may be protected, enhanced, or restricted, while preserving basic resource values of
the area. No other use is restricted unless specified in subsection 632(b), areas and
special regulations for use.

Title 14, Section 632, (a)(4):

Access. Access into marine protected areas or marine managed areas for nonconsumptive
uses including but not limited to swimming, surfing, diving, boating, hiking
and walking is allowed unless otherwise specified in subsection 632(b), areas and
special regulations for use.

Now, some of us up here were concerned about this because when
Big Creek became a reserve a number of years ago, the state attorney
general interpreted that as "NO ACCESS" and we lost it as a
place to dive (a rugged and difficult to access place, but
still dived a bit). A number of us worked to make sure the
above language got into the regs, and the Central Coast MLPA
implementation gave Big Creek back to us as a place to dive.


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