Your help is needed! The current proposed marine protected area (MPA) off Palos Verdes falls short in adequately protecting marine life off Palos Verdes. This proposed MPA protects mostly deep sand habitat, a desert compared to the biologically diverse rocky reef communities that urgently need protection.
You can help by supporting a more effective MPA off Rocky Point, Palos Verdes. Instead of designating an area that protects little marine life habitat as a marine reserve, we should protect the rocky reefs and kelp forest habitat of Rocky Point. The crown jewel of Palos Verdes’ marine habitats, Rocky Point’s extensive kelp forest and deep rocky reefs are home to an astonishing variety of sea life. If a portion of the rocky reef is adequately protected from fishing, it can better help to seed the entire bay with marine life and serve as a backbone MPA to connect the northern and southern MPAs of southern California's future network.
Under legislation passed and signed in 1999, the Marine Life Protection Act, this area can be sustained for years to come. By helping these areas recover and produce a variety of marine life, we can improve the overall health of southern California's ocean while still leaving the majority of state waters open to fishing.
The goal is adoption of a marine reserve off Rocky Point by the state's Fish and Game Commission. Protecting this coastal hot spot will preserve a thriving tourism and recreation industry and help sustain the long-term health of Los Angeles County's coastal waters.
Help us protect the Rocky Point area as a new marine reserve by signing this petition to show the California Fish and Game Commissioners your support!
Members of the Fish and Game Commission
c/o California Fish and Game Commission
1416 Ninth Street
P.O. Box 944209
Sacramento, CA 94244-2090
Re: Support for Marine Life Protection Act
Dear President Kellogg and Members for the California Fish and Game Commission,
I am writing to urge your support for a marine reserve that will protect the economically valuable marine habitat at Rocky Point, on the north side of the Palos Verdes Peninsula.
The waters around Rocky Point include a deep canyon and kelp forest where many fish and shellfish feed and breed. By protecting these productive habitats, we can safeguard the long-term productivity of the whole Santa Monica Bay. And create an underwater park that will delight visitors for years to come!
Ocean protection is not just good for the environment—it’s also good for business. Divers, surfers, fishers and beach goers who come to experience the natural beauty of the Palos Verdes Peninsula are a critical part of the local economy.
The fact that this area remains a favorite dive spot despite years of heavy fishing pressure is a testament to its ecological richness. A marine reserve would safeguard these riches for the benefit of all the people and wildlife that call this region home.
Thank you for taking steps to preserve California’s important marine resources. I encourage you to protect Rocky Point for the sake of current and future generations who rely on its productive waters.