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
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;