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 SACRAMENTO, Calif., Aug. 25 /PRNewswire/ -- The Department of Fish and Game (DFG) is recommending four marine ecological reserves off California's rugged 1,100-mile long coastline that would permit scientific study only. The sites total a combined area of eight-square nautical miles.
 The DFG said the sites represent the best compromise in selecting suitable marine areas for conducting key scientific research while minimally impacting economic concerns in the regions.
 Proposition 132, The Marine Resources Protection Act, was passed by voters in 1990 and mandates creation of the four ocean reserves by Jan. 1, 1994.
 Proposed reserve sites are the King Range in Humboldt County, Big Creek in Monterey County, Vandenburg in Santa Barbara County and Big Sycamore Canyon in Ventura County. Unique marine features at each proposed site make them ideal for scientific activity, according state officials.
 Three alternative site also have been identified: Point Arena (Monterey County), Bodega Headland (Sonoma County) and South Laguna (Orange County).
 Copies of the Department of Fish and Game draft environmental impact report for the sites are available for public viewing at regional headquarter offices and county libraries in affected areas.
 DFG regional headquarters are located in Redding (601 Locust Ave., 916-225-2300), Rancho Cordova (1701 Nimbus Rd., 916-355-0978), Napa (7329 Silverado Trail, 707-944-5500), Fresno (1234 E. Shaw Ave., 209-222-3761), and Long Beach (330 Golden Shore, Ste. 50, 310-590-5132).
 Additional copies are also available at Fish and Game offices in Eureka, Menlo Park, Monterey, Morro Bay, San Diego, Santa Barbara, and Yountville.
 The commission will discuss the merits of the proposed sites when it meets in Sacramento on Aug. 27 to gather public testimony on the issue. The commission will meet at 9:30 a.m. in the first-floor auditorium of the state office building at 714 P St.
 Written or verbal public comments on the draft environmental document will be accepted by the commission up to 5 p.m. on Oct. 7. On that day, the commission is scheduled to meet in San Diego (10 a.m., State Building, 1350 Front St.). Written comments should be addressed to: Robert R. Treanor, Executive Director, Fish and Game Commission, 1416 Ninth St., Sacramento, CA 95814; or phoned in to 916-653-4899.
 On Nov. 5, at its public meeting in Redding, (8:30 a.m., Red Lion Inn, 1830 Hilltop Drive), the commission will consider adoption of the proposed sites. Proposition 132 mandates the creation of the sites by Jan. 1, 1994.
 Each site is approximately two-square nautical miles in area and exclusively set aside for scientific research on the management and enhancement of marine resources for the benefit of the residents of California.
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 /CONTACT: Steve Capps or Lanny Clavecilla of the Conservation Education Office of the Department of Fish and Game, 916-653-6420/

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