Charter, Richard


Anglers, Local Officials, Business Leaders to Urge Legislature to Protect Marine Life Protection Act

By Richard Charter
Defenders of Wildlife

Business leaders, anglers, local officials, and ocean advocates will attend a legislative hearing on Thursday to ask lawmakers to protect the landmark Marine Life Protection Act (MLPA) from an assault by foreign fishing interests. The hearing on the South Coast MLPA plan will take place before the Joint Committee on Fisheries and Aquaculture on Thursday, February 17, 2011 from 10 a.m. to 12 noon.

Southern California’s coastal economy employs more than seven million people and contributes nearly $900 billion to the overall state economy. Over-fishing is a leading environmental and socioeconomic problem—it hurts biodiversity and alters ecosystems. The average size across a wide range of West Coast fish is down by half from 20 years ago. Scientific studies show that marine protected areas help restore biodiversity and resilience, and have more big, prolific animals than fished areas.

Foreign Fishing Corporations File Lawsuit to Stop California Ocean Protection Initiative (MLPA)

By Richard Charter
Defenders of Wildlife

The Partnership for Sustainable Oceans (PSO), a front group for foreign fishing equipment interests, has filed a lawsuit to stop the implementation of California's landmark effort to protect its oceans.

It is sad and unfortunate that foreign corporations now are funding a meritless lawsuit to kill California's bipartisan ocean protection plan that has been supported by two Governors, the Legislature, the Fish&Game Commission, business leaders, and tens of thousands of Californians. Having lost the battle of public opinion and failing to accept the compromise plans put together in literally hundreds of open meetings, these foreign corporations that profit from depleting our marine resources want to try to belatedly change the rules of the game through the courts.