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Lessons in State Implementation of Marine Reserves: California's Marine Life Protection Act Initiative
Environmental Law Reporter: News and Analysis (2006)
  • James M. Mize
Abstract
The oceans are one of earth’s most valuable natural resources, yet they continue to be threatened by pollution, overfishing, habitat destruction, and coastal sprawl. Marine reserves, discrete areas of the ocean where no extraction of marine life is allowed, offer a powerful tool for protecting species and ecosystem health. Although most efforts at implementing marine reserves in the United States are taken at the federal level, several states, including California, have developed their own marine reserve programs. In this Article, Capt. James Mize focuses on California’s experience in creating marine reserves, focusing primarily on the challenges that arose during its implementation of the Marine Life Protection Act. In so doing, he offers a number of recommendations that other states can use in designing their own programs to protect this important resource.
Keywords
  • marine reserves,
  • marine protected areas
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Publication Date
May, 2006
Citation Information
James M. Mize. "Lessons in State Implementation of Marine Reserves: California's Marine Life Protection Act Initiative" Environmental Law Reporter: News and Analysis Vol. 36 Iss. 5 (2006)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/james_mize/2/