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DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND GAME: NEW SITES CONSIDERED FOR OCEAN PROJECT

 SACRAMENTO, Calif., March 4 /PRNewswire/ -- The Department of Fish and Game is considering three new sites for possible designation as ocean ecological reserves, Director Boyd Gibbons announced today.
 The sites are being considered as part of a marine research effort set forth by Proposition 132, the Marine Resources Protection Act of 1990 -- or so-called "Gill Net Initiative" -- approved by California voters.
 The Act requires the state Fish and Game Commission to create four new ecological reserves along the mainland shore, each to be at least two square miles in area, prior to Jan. 1, 1994. The Act restricts the use of such ecological reserves to scientific research to the management and enhancement of marine resources.
 The three new potential reserve sites are located near Point Arena in Mendocino County, near Vandenberg Air Force Base in Santa Barbara County, and an area seaward of existing marine life refuges located off South Laguna Beach and south to Dana Point. These areas will be looked at along with the two sites (Bodega Head in Sonoma County and Big Creek in Monterey County) that are still under consideration from sites proposed previously.
 The three new sites were among five new ones proposed for consideration by the Department at a March 2, 1993 meeting with the Director's Marine Resources Advisory Committee. At the meeting the Department also asked the Committee to reconsider six sites which had been proposed at a previous meeting. The Committee selected three of the new areas for further consideration, and dropped four of the six formerly proposed sites. The two remaining are the Bodega Head and Big Creek sites.
 The Committee -- which includes representatives of recreational and commercial fishermen, seafood processors, divers, scientists, the author of the Act and kelp harvesters -- chose to drop the areas at Punta Gorda in Humboldt County, Point Cabrillo in Mendocino County, Point Piedras Blancas in San Luis Obispo County and Camp Pendleton in San Diego County.
 The Department will prepare Environmental Information Documents to provide public agencies and the general public with detailed information about the effect ecological reserve designation is likely to have on the environment, how the effects might be minimized, and look at alternatives to the project. The Department will be scheduling scoping meetings in the near future in the areas affected to receive public testimony. The scoping meetings are intended to help identify the range of actions, alternatives, mitigation measures and significant effects to be analyzed in depth in the environmental document and to help resolve concerns of affected agencies and individuals.
 Questions about the program should be directed to Don Schultze, senior marine biologist, in the Department's Sacramento office located at 1416 Ninth St., Sacramento, Calif., 916-653-6281.
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 /CONTACT: Don Schultze, senior marine biologist of the Department of Fish and Game, 916-653-6281/


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