Government works, and our ocean says thanks. Today, new federal rules were finalized that enhance protection of our ocean in California's Monterey Bay and elsewhere.
Marine protected areas (MPAS) are places in our ocean where harmful impacts are limited or prohibited, and the new rules expand and strengthen some MPAs. Also completed is a federal compilation and coordination process for existing MPAs. According to biologist Mark Hixon, “just writing down all the bodies of water that are actually MPAs is a huge accomplishment. Once we can look at an MPA map and determine gaps in protection we’ll really start seeing the results.”
image: orca jumping for joy at the news of new ocean protections