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Panel Backs No-Fishing Zones Off Southern California Coast

Publication Date: 
November 11, 2009
LA Times
Louis Sahagun

Meg Caldwell, director of the Environmental and Natural Resources Law & Policy Program, served on a state panel that unanimously approved marine protected areas off the Southern California Coast. She is quoted in the LA Times:

At an emotional meeting, a state panel imposes the landmark restrictions to help restore species, catches of which have dropped up to 95%. The plan was forged out of contentious negotiations.

A state blue-ribbon panel unanimously approved landmark fishing restrictions Tuesday for Southern California, creating a patchwork of havens for marine life designed to replenish the seas while leaving some waters open for anglers.

The plan, approved 5 to 0 during a meeting at which emotions boiled over briefly into shouting and shoving, was a compromise intended to sustain the 250-mile coastline's environmental as well as economic health -- forged during a year of contentious negotiations between conservationists and fishing interests.


In an interview after the vote, panelist Meg Caldwell, director of Stanford Law School's environmental and natural resources law and policy program, expressed a measure of disappointment in the outcome.

"There was a lot of give and take," she added. "But overall, it's better than what we have now."