Tuesday, November 11, 2008

California’s Marine Life Protection Act (MLPA)

Coal Oil Point Reserve Monthly Lecture
Thursday November 20th 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Topic: California’s Marine Life Protection Act (MLPA)
Presenter: Michael Sheehy, Santa Barbara Channelkeeper

On Thursday, November 20th, from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm Santa Barbara
Channelkeeper is providing an informational presentation on
California's initiative to establish a network of Marine Protected
Areas (MPAs) in Southern California. MPAs are underwater wilderness
areas that limit the extraction of marine species and aim to protect
and conserve marine life and habitats. Proposals for the designation
of these areas in Southern California will be developed over the next
year and will be greatly influenced by public input and participation.

Directions and Parking: The presentation will take place at the Cliff
House, located at Coal Oil Point Reserve in Goleta. You can find
directions to the Coal Oil Point Reserve at coaloilpoint.ucnrs.org.
Limited parking is only available in the inner parking lot (through
the gate) and anyone who parks in the outer parking lot may receive a
parking ticket. Carpooling, biking, or walking from Isla Vista with
friends is encouraged. If you plan on parking in the inner parking
lot, please arrive 30 minutes early so you will have time to check if
there is a spot available or drive to the end of Isla Vista and walk
with a friend.

Please join Michael Sheehy, Channelkeeper’s Marine Conservation
Coordinator, to learn more about California’s Marine Life Protection
Act (MLPA) and how you can get involved. For more information about
this event, please email michael@sbck.org or call 563-3377. For more
information on the MLPA Initiative and MPAs, please visit
www.dfg.ca.gov/mlpa or www.caloceans.org.

Santa Barbara Channelkeeper is a non-profit organization dedicated to
the protection and restoration of the Santa Barbara Channel and its
watersheds. As Channelkeeper’s Marine Conservation Coordinator,
Michael Sheehy communicates with and educates the public on marine
conservation efforts and issues as they pertain to the Santa Barbara
Channel, including engaging the public in the Marine Life Protection
Act Initiative process in California’s south coast region. Michael
has extensive regional knowledge of the Santa Barbara Channel’s
near-shore marine communities and scientific expertise in marine
ecology- having worked for more than eight years as a research
ecologist with the Marine Science Institute and as a project manager
with the research consortium, Partnership for Interdisciplinary
Studies of Coastal Oceans, at UCSB. Michael has also consulted for
non-profit and businesses interests, including advising on such topics
as the state of global marine resource management.

Reservations are requested. Please send Leeza Charleboix an email to
reserve a spot at the lecture.

Leeza Charleboix
Coal Oil Point Reserve
Education and Tour Program Coordinator
Email: coprstaff@lifesci.ucsb.edu
Phone: (805) 893-5092

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