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COASTAL ADVOCATES TO CELEBRATE VICTORY IN SUCCESSFUL 4-YEAR CAMPAIGN TO PROMOTE EXTENSIVE BOUNDARIES FOR MONTEREY BAY MARINE SANCTUARY

COASTAL ADVOCATES TO CELEBRATE VICTORY IN SUCCESSFUL 4-YEAR CAMPAIGN
 TO PROMOTE EXTENSIVE BOUNDARIES FOR MONTEREY BAY MARINE SANCTUARY
 HALF MOON BAY, Calif., Jan. 24 /PRNewswire/ -- When the Los Angeles Times reported yesterday that President Bush plans to endorse "the widest possible boundaries" for the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, the executive director of a small environmental organization in central California had good reason to feel exuberant. More than three years ago, Kathleen Van Velsor of Coastal Advocates proposed that the new marine sanctuary include the entire large area of ocean between Monterey and the Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary in the north. The proposal was headlined as a "bold new strategy" by a local newspaper, the Peninsula Times-Tribune, but most sanctuary supporters were wary of it as too ambitious to be politically feasible. Van Velsor persisted, contending that submarine structures related to the Monterey Bay extended far north, and that smaller boundaries would permit unregulated destructive practices close to the Bay to pollute the new sanctuary.
 Coastal Advocates has announced it will celebrate the campaign's success in its Half Moon Bay offices on Monday, Jan. 27. Van Velsor said she is "... jubilant at the news that our four-year long campaign for large sanctuary boundaries may become reality. When the expanded boundary concept was proposed in 1988, the idea was to force the elimination of oil and gas Lease Sale 119 and ocean dumping programs within important ocean waters along the central coast of California. We wanted more than just repeated delays in oil and gas leasing and vague restrictions on ocean dumping and discharging. The comprehensive protections offered by NOAA's national marine sanctuary program seemed to be the answer to many of our offshore pollution and industrial development problems."
 According to Van Velsor, from the time when sanctuary designation activities became public Coastal Advocates (then the Central Coast Conservation Center) sought to achieve important environmental protections through an expanded boundary that closed the gap between the Gulf of the Farrallones National Marine Sanctuary and Monterey Bay, and imposed a firm sanctuary management plan and strong sanctuary regulations. "As an organization we promoted the expanded boundary plan as feasible, even though there were numerous detractors who didn't see the political and planning possibilities. Our role has been to plan strategically, to document the environmental benefits of an expanded sanctuary, and to persuade important players in the process to accept an expanded notion of what is possible within a complicated political and planning framework. Clearly our campaign strategy has worked. Champagne bottles will come out to celebrate this incredible news."
 "The importance of the expanded boundary plan initially got through to politicians and others after the Prince William Sound catastrophe. Endorsing a larger sanctuary may be advantageous for an incumbent President Bush whose pro-environmental image has been tarnished by his administration's recent efforts to dilute wetlands and forest protections," said Coastal Advocates board member, Jamie Newton. "Now our attention must shift to the pollution loopholes in the Sanctuary's Management Plan and Regulations that have been sought by both Gov. Wilson's office and Cal/EPA's Michael Kahoe. There is much unfinished business in the sanctuary designation process."
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