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Old 02-05-2003, 12:39 PM
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MA Division of Marine Fisheries Position on MPA/Marine Reserves

Don't know how I missed this earlier.

Note that the State is drawing a clear line between Marine Protected Areas and Marine Reserves. A Marine reserve is always an MPA, but not vice versa. From my first read, they are not amenable to Marine Reserves in NE, and they really hate the idea of Marine Wilderness...Read the whole thing to get your own ideas...

PROPOSED POLICIES for MARINE PROTECTED AREAS


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MarineFisheries does not support marine reserves in the New England area primarily
for the purposes of protecting or enhancing biodiversity. This objective, while
seemingly laudable and sensible, is too ambiguous and disguises some reserve
proponentsí true purpose for marine reserves: precautionary fisheries management
and a response to their belief that fisheries managers will fail to stop overfishing and
rebuild overfished stocks;
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Mark,

That is a nice piece of prose by a state agancy! It lets the sunshine get under the protectionists basket in a civil manner.

I'll drink to that!
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I continue to be impressed with Massachusetts Div. of Marine Fisheries under Paul Diodati. Their positions are clearly stated and well supported (by fact). While we may not agree with everything they say and do, I think there has been a dramatic improvement in that agency of late.

I particularly like the tendency to avoid the fad du jour in fishery management.

I'm also thrilled to know they will not be supporting Marine Reserves around here.
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