Posted by: Bob Payne | August 27, 2011

Marine sanctuaries delayed in Southern California

Hundreds of square miles of marine sanctuaries that were scheduled to take effect Oct. 1 in Southern California will be delayed for at least several months for administrative reasons, state wildlife officials said Thursday. The California Department of Fish and Game said the state Office of Administrative Law has had questions about the complicated package of regulations and informed the agency it would not be able to implement them by the planned start date. In December the California Fish and Game Commission adopted protections for about 15% of state waters from Point Conception to the U.S.-Mexico border. Under the California Marine Life Protection Act, fishing will be banned or restricted in 49 marine protected areas to protect sea life and replenish depleted fish populations.

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