• 350 square miles of California water soon to be restricted fishing areas (KPCC)

    From: KPCC

    By: Molly Peterson

    A plan to protect ocean health by restricting fishing in some areas takes effect in Southern California in just a few days. The California Department of Fish and Game has set marine protected areas over about 15 percent of waters between Point Conception and Imperial Beach, authorized by the Marine Life Protection Act.

    The 12-year-old state law applies what’s called “marine spatial planning” to all of the coastal waters. A lengthy and tense negotiation process has led to patchworked limits on what people can fish and take away from the 354 square miles of sea south of Point Conception.

  • The Critical Role of Civil Servants

    Historically, federal civil servants played a critical role in developing and implementing federal policy. The attached article in the Administrative Law Review, published by the American Bar Association in conjunction  with the Washington College of Law of the American University, sets forth in Section D on page 54  the critical role career federal employees had in the establishment of centralized regulatory review in the White House Office of Management and Budget.

  • Maryland Releases a Report on Ocean Zoning

    The Maryland Chesapeake & Coastal Program of the Maryland Department of Natural Resources has recently released a report on Coastal and Marine Spatial Planning, titled Integrating Water Quality and Coastal Resources into Marine Spatial Planning the Chesapeake and Atlantic Coastal Bays.

    The report is available here–Maryland Chesapeake & Coastal Program report

  • Many Disciplines Join Together for Better Maritime Spatial Planning (Helsinki Commission)

    From: Helsinki Commission

    The first joint workshop of its kind on multi-disciplinary case studies of Maritime Spatial Planning (MSP) was arranged in Lisbon, Portugal 2-4 November 2011. The workshop was realized by the Helsinki Commission (HELCOM), the Visions and Strategies around the Baltic Sea (VASAB), the Commission for the Protection of the Marine Environment for the North East Atlantic (OSPAR), and the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES). The event gave a unique opportunity for the participants to share knowledge and exchange experiences on MSP and, by playing a simulation-game, to stress-test the process of making maritime spatial plans.