Marine Protected Areas
Date: 10/18/08 8:00 am - 10/18/08
Location: Cabrillo Marine Aquarium

Right now in southern California, hundreds of people are taking part in the Marine Life Protection Act Initiative process to design a series of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) off our coast from Point Conception to the Mexico border, which may include waters around offshore islands. This process has been completed in two other sections of central California’s coastal waters. Why do we need MPAs? What are they for? How are they supposed to work? Where will they be and how is that decided? Who will decide that? How will it affect my favorite fishing hole, SCUBA diving spot, and my uncle who is a commercial fisherman?

Dr. Christopher Lowe will lecture on The MLPA is Coming to Southern California! starting at 1:00 pm in the Olguin Auditorium. Dr. Lowe will try to answer these questions and talk about some of his research on the home range of fishes, how they utilize different habitats and why this is important to know when deciding where to put MPAs and how large to make them.

This event is sponsored by the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium and COSEE-West. Dr. Lowe is a professor of marine biology at California State University, Long Beach where he operates the CSULB Shark Lab.

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