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Around 50 Marine Protected Areas Proposed for Southern California, Public Encouraged to Get Involved

Interactive map of MPA network by Santa Monica Baykeeper
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The controversial debate over marine protected areas (MPA) and marine life preservation is now open to the public.

For years environmental non-profits and activists have been lobbying for a greater network of MPAs off the coast of California; and now it is up to the average citizen to give their input.

MPAs are particular areas of ocean that restrict human activity in order to protect the marine life and ecosystems. A regional stakeholder group first developed the proposed MPA network, but then gave it to the Department of Fish and Game to finalize the network plan. The final edit will take place within the next couple of months.