A major milestone was reached today in the effort to establish Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) along California's coast. In a 3-0 vote, the California Fish and Game Commission (Commission) today approved and adopted regulations for the north coast MPAs, completing the network of MPAs in California's open coastal waters, from Mexico to the Oregon state line. The network of MPAs is the first in the United States to be designed from the ground up as a science-based network, rather than a patchwork of independent protected areas without specific goals and objectives.
Last week I attended a meeting of partners to the Protect Our Coral Sea group campaigning for a large, no-take marine park in the Coral Sea. If successful this campaign will create the world's largest marine park over an area so remote from human impacts it is one of the few remaining marine environments that is still virtually pristine.
ScienceDaily (Aug. 13, 2011) — A thriving undersea wildlife park tucked away near the southern tip of Mexico's Baja peninsula has proven to be the world's most robust marine reserve in the world, according to a new study led by researchers at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego.
Meet Scarlet, the very rare scorpionfish (Rhinopias fondosa), which was discovered near our PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centre on Gaya Island, in Kota Kinabalu - the result, we believe, of persistent environmental conservation programs.
The Tunku Abdul Rahman Park is a government gazetted and protected marine park a mere 10 minutes by boat from the shores of Kota Kinabalu, Sabah in the northern part of Borneo.