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Posted by Steve Benavides on August 02, 2009 at 17:58:25:

In Reply to: Re: Re: Re: MLPA Update, BRTF guidance on proposed MPA's posted by seldom seen slim on July 31, 2009 at 18:20:12:

Please tell me that is not what you want... Remember that museums are the only place to see things that were once common and now rare

A few emailed me and said they had trouble opening the link to California Sea Grant which was http://repositories.cdlib.org/csgc/rcr/Coastal04_02/ . If not able to open the links, follow the titles below to the web and print them out for your reading enjoyment. Maybe enjoy is not the right work. This is serious stuff. Despite what MLPA opponents say there has been considerable erosion of our biomass and diversity in the nearshore habitats that are the subject of the MLPA. These are some of the best pieces on the subject of the impact of SMR on the nearshore and why they are needed.

Ecosystem effects of fishing in kelp forest communities
M. J. Tegner, and P. K. Dayton This is very important for fisherfolk to read. From IECS Journal of Marine Science. 57: 579-589,
You can get the full text at http://icesjms.oxfordjournals.org/cgi/content/short/57/3/579

Sliding Baselines, Ghosts, and reduced Expectations in Kelp Forest Communities
Paul K. Dayton, Mis J. Tegner, Peter B. Edwards, Kirstin L. Riser
Ecological Applications, Vol 8, Issue 2, May 1998

Marine Reserve Design, Optimal Design, Size, Habitats, Species, Affinities, Diversity, and Ocean Microclimate
Ed Parnell, P.K. Dayton, Cleridy E. Lennert-Cody, Linda L. Rasmussen, and James Leichter

The MLPA focuses on the coastal zone. There is a litany of species that are not well off, not only coastal but
commercial as well. I can list a few of the ones we divers see (saw) most often.

How are the following doing?
Abalone, White and Black abs are in perilous shape. What about Pinto Threaded, Pink, and Reds in SoCal?
Sea cucumbers
Rock scallops
Pismo Clams, and various littleneck clams
Native oysters
Wavy top Turban Snails
Cancer productus

What about fish?

California Sheephead (Especially Male Sheephead on Catalina) Lingcod, Cabezon, Leopard and Angel Sharks and the nearshore large rockfish?
Others that are orders of magnitude reduced such as moray eels, scorpion fish, brown, olive, gopher copper rock fishes, tree fish will benefit from Reserves, especially the site-attached rockfish.

There are a bunch of other deep water fish such as the Pacific Ocean Perch, Baccaccio, cow cod, that are not doing so well.

Lets keep the focus on the Local nearshore and avoid the tired misleading tactics of irrelevant species.

Stephen G. Benavides


"He who speculates from the shore about the ocean shall know only its surface, but he who would know the depths of the ocean must be willing to plunge into it."

-Meher Baba

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