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Making sense of California's proposed Marine Protected Area

Updated: December 8, 2011, 5:56 PM ET
By Kimball Taylor

It seems natural to support state legislation that intends to create marine protected areas along the California coast, but after California passed the Marine Life Protection Act in 1999, the decisions about where and how big these areas should be erupted into a 10-year, knock-down-drag-out fight between commercial fishing interests, recreational fishermen, environmentalists, politicians and scientists -- many of whom were surfers as well.

The process called for a "science ...

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