Hiemstra, Ray

Ray Hiemstra is the associate director of Orange County Coastkeeper. He lives in Huntington Beach.

MLPA's Public-Private Partnership Protects Oceans During Lean Budget Times

By Ray Hiemstra

From the lemons-out-of-lemonade department: California is working to create the nation’s first science-based, statewide ocean park system as part of the Marine Life Protection Act (MLPA). A group of non-profit foundations is helping to pay for the public planning process to ensure the state can move ahead with critically needed ocean protections during these tight times.

Now, some fishing groups are trying to block approved protections because they are too shortsighted to recognize that preserving fish breeding and feeding grounds is good for their bottom lines. Rather than complaining about private funding for this important effort, they should be celebrating our progress!