Right now there’s a state government review underway to formalize the boundaries of the reserve as part of the Marine Life Protection Act.
Supporters of the reserve have been hoping to make the reserve a little bigger and strengthen its protections and make them permanent. Our preferred proposal, which is endorsed by the board of the Friends of Fitzgerald Marine Reserve, the Ocean Conservancy, and other marine conservation organizations, is called “Proposal 4”.
But recreational anglers have organized to support a proposal (Called Proposal 2XA) that may WEAKEN the current reserve, actually cutting it in half and opening the southern part to even more fishing than is allowed under current rules. Recently they have executed a letter/email-writing campaign that makes it look like there is tremendous support for their proposal and VERY LITTLE for ours!
If you could take 5 minutes out of your busy day to
1) copy the text of the email (attached) I sent to the decision-makers into a blank email
2) replace my signature with your own name and city
3) enter a subject line such as “Support for Proposal 4”
4) and send it to MLPAComments@resources.ca.gov
it would go a long way towards improving our chances of showing that Proposal 4 has just as much public support as Proposal 2XA. We hope to get Proposal 4 adopted to ensure that FMR will be a robust environment and great place to take your kids for generations to come.
email Jenna: (firstname.lastname@example.org)