Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Final Vote on So. Calif. Marine Protected Areas Thursday, Oct. 22, in Long Beach

CA Fishermen, Supporters to Rally Tomorrow, Oct. 21, Before Final Vote, to Protest Any Unfair Version

Rally Begins at 10 a.m.; Public Comment at 1:30 p.m. Oct. 21

Before Governor Schwarzenegger’s Blue Ribbon Task Force (BRTF) casts its final vote Thursday on which Marine Protected Area (MPA) proposal will be implemented along Southern California’s coast, the fishing community will voice its opposition to any proposal that ignores pollution and punishes small businesses unfairly. They’ll rally before the public comment session tomorrow, Oct. 21, in Long Beach.

Starting at 8:30 a.m. tomorrow, Oct. 21, the Regional Stakeholder Group members will be presenting three MPA proposals to the BRTF, followed by a question-and-answer session. The task force will vote on the final version on Thursday, Oct. 22, in Long Beach.

WHAT: Protesting, public comment Wednesday (10/21) before final vote Thursday (10/22) on how restrictive the marine reserves in Southern California will be.

WHO: Angry fishermen to rally against state-appointed officials’ meeting in Long Beach, urge a balanced, scientific outcome, not one that focuses only on banning fishing, especially as California faces a continuing budget shortfall and any new regulations won’t be enforced.

WHEN: Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2009, starting at 10 a.m.

WHERE: Hilton Long Beach & Public Executive Meeting Center (rally in front of hotel)
701 West Ocean Blvd.
Long Beach, CA 90831

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