Save Whales by Supporting State Marine Reserves in California!

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Help Save Whales and Otters in California from Seismic Testing

Please help us save Blue, Humpback and Fin Whales in California waters by supporting the new State Marine Reserve areas set aside for conservation under the Marine Life Protection Act.

Using the best science available, a broad coalition of stakeholders created an unprecedented series of Marine Protected Areas along the west coast of the United States. Among these MPA’s are a series of State Marine Reserves, where no ‘take’ (killing) of living marine resources is permitted. But no sooner did the California Fish & Game Commission designate the last of these coastal gems than did Pacific Gas and Electric company announce they were going to start seismic testing near their Diablo Canyon Nuclear Plant off the central coast of California by pounding the coast with 240db blasts. These blasts will happen every 63 seconds, around the clock for 42 straight days and nights, starting September, 2012!

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They admit it will kill about everything in Point Buchon State Marine Reserve, from Great Blue Whales, down to minute larvae,  as they blast along a 90 mile stretch of California coast, trying to ‘prove’ the Diablo Canyon Nuclear Plant is ‘safe’, sitting on 3 earthquake faults! Most alarming of all is that the very first two State Marine Reserves ever made (Morro Bay Estuary and Point Buchon) are both already under pressure to be ignored and violated, business as usual. But business as usual will not bring the ocean back to a state of health and abundance, which is the whole purpose of State Marine Reserves.

Please contact the folks in charge and tell them to protect the integrity of all Marine Protected Areas of California, especially the State Marine Reserves now threatened by dredging (at Morro Bay Estuary) and by seismic testing blasts (at Point Buchon).

Thanks for your help!

Joey Racano, Director
Ocean Outfall Group

Here’s a sample letter:

Sirs,

The Marine Life Protection Act was created to bring our depleted oceans back to health and abundance, and State Marine Reserves is how that goal is to be accomplished. With sea level rise, ocean acidification, pollution and overfishing, it is more important than ever we take meaningful action. Please do not allow exceptions to the rules protecting the integrity of State Marine Reserves anywhere, and specifically do not allow the Morro Bay Marina to be dredged because it may contaminate the adjacent State Marine Reserve by unleashing mud-bound toxins, and do not allow P.G. & E. to use 240db blasts near Point Buchon State Marine Reserve where it will kill Blue, Fin and Humpback Whales.  Such exceptions will threaten all State Marine Reserves in California, and keep them from returning our precious coastal resources to a natural state of health and abundance.

Respectfully,   (your name here)

Send or call to:

Ken Wiseman, Executive Director
Marine Life Protection Act
1416 Ninth Street, Suite 1311
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 533-6971
e mail: ken.wiseman@resources.ca.gov

John Laird
Secretary of Resources
California Natural Resources Agency
1416 Ninth Street, Suite 1311
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 653-5656
(916) 653-8102 fax
e mail:  secretary@resources.ca.gov

Sonke Mastrup, Executive Director
California Fish and Game Commission
1416 Ninth Street, Suite 1320
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone Number: (916) 653-4899 Fax Number: (916) 653-5040
E-Mail:  FGC@fgc.ca.gov

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