As reported by Sea•thos on July 21, 2011, the Ocean Protection Council recently awarded $4 Million to Southern California MPA’S (Marine Protection Areas). On August 25, 2011, The Department of Fish and Game announced that the October 1, 2011 start date for the protected areas will be delayed. The Department stated that a new effective date would be discussed at their next meeting.
The decision was announced after the Office of Administrative Law informed the Commission that the Marine Life Protection Act (MPLA) for Southern California MPA’s would not be approved in time for the October 1, 2011 start date. The delay will be addressed and considered promptly.
Here is more information on the issue from the Department of Fish and Game.