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News, opinions, photos and facts from Ocean Conservancy

About Paul Hobi

Paul Hobi is Ocean Conservancy's Pacific Outreach Coordinator based in San Francisco, California. As an avid surfer and scuba diver, Paul enjoys the special sense of camaraderie shared between ocean goers. This year, he has dedicated to learn how to make jam at his mother's home in California's central valley.

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Thank You for Making California’s Underwater Parks a Reality

Posted On June 9, 2012 by

California made history June 6 when the Fish and Game Commission voted unanimously to adopt a network of marine protected areas for northern California. I want to take this chance to thank you for taking action on this issue; without your messages to the Commission, we may never have gotten here.

The vote marks the completion of the United States’ first statewide network of underwater parks, and a huge step toward long-term environmental and economic health for the coast. As Commissioner Richard Rogers put it: “We are poised to return California’s marine resources to the sustainable abundance we all once enjoyed.” Continue reading »

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Marine Protected Areas Attract More Than Just Ocean Life

Posted On May 8, 2012 by

Deer nibbling seaweed and wading in a shallow tidepool in the White Rock Cambria State Marine Conservation Area. Credit: Jim Webb

California’s marine protected areas were created to enhance ocean ecosystems for marine life — but it turns out that deer also like them. Cambria resident Jim Webb spotted these deer nibbling seaweed and wading in a shallow tidepool in the White Rock Cambria State Marine Conservation Area. He reports that numerous sea otters and a pod of dolphins were seen the same day not far from here. Wildlife watching is a fantastic opportunity in many of California’s MPAs.

The California Fish and Game Commission is in the final stages of creating a network of marine protected areas in Northern California. They need to hear from you before the next public hearing. Let them know you support MPAs in California.

Check out more photos from Jim Webb after the jump.

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