Posted by: Bob Payne | August 30, 2011

Southern California’s Coastal Waters Will Remain Open on October 1

A delay in the approval of California’s controversial South Coast Marine Life Protection Act (MLPA) Initiative regulations “means that anglers will now have more time on the water,” reported a news release from United Anglers of Southern California on August 29. October 1, 2011 was the date that the no-fishing zone regulations were to have gone into effect. California’s Office of Administrative Law (OAL), which must first review and approve the regulations before they go into effect, informed the California Fish and Game Commission that it has additional questions and requests for more information, according to a press release issued by the California Department of Fish and Game on August 25. After the Commission responds to the OAL’s issues, it may be required to re-notice the regulatory package. The Fish and Game Commission will meet on September 15 to discuss alternative effective dates for implementation of the Southern California “marine protected areas.”

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