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!