This decision comes at a critical time. Recent reports from the United Nations and NOAA highlight the urgency of ocean habitat protection, while pointing out the benefits of marine protected areas like the one Laguna is working to create.
The South Coast network was designed to protect sea life and habitats at special coastal areas like Laguna, south La Jolla, and Point Dume while leaving nearly 90 percent of the coast open for fishing.
The Bluebelt, local environmentalists and community groups are already working to complement state enforcement efforts. Residents and visitors are invited to participate in this exciting opportunity to restore our ocean. Join the Bluebelt and become part of this momentous effort.
The science is clear: marine protected areas work.
Marine protected areas allow fish, mammals, and other marine life a safe place to breed, feed, and succeed. Extensive scientific research demonstrates that MPAs can help bring back big fish and restore habitats — especially in highly protected marine reserves, where fishing is prohibited.
In a scientific survey of more than 100 marine reserves worldwide by the Partnership for Interdisciplinary Studies of Coastal Oceans (PISCO), scientists found:
Marine protected areas not only harbor more fish—they harbor older and bigger fish that can produce up to 200 times as many offspring as younger ones. These fish can, in turn, repopulate depleted species that migrate out to places where they can be caught.
Our thanks to Jim Patterson for the use of his gorgeous photograph on this Post. © Jim Patterson Photography