Del Mar reps oppose MLPA proposals
Del Mar Councilman Don Mosier, speaking on behalf of the city at a recent state hearing, opposed most of the proposals for creating marine protection areas off the coast of Southern California.
Five of the six prominent proposals included the underwater region spanning the city of Del Mar, an idea that has many locals confused and frustrated.
Mosier got the city’s blessing to attend the Santa Monica meeting of the state’s Blue Ribbon Task Force, set up to review the many proposals for creating marine reserves and make a recommendation to the California Department of Department of Fish and Game this coming December.
At that meeting, he presented a letter from the city of Del Mar opposing all the proposals that include the Del Mar shores, opting instead for the “Lapis 1″ option, which only includes the San Dieguito Lagoon, not the Del Mar coast. All six proposals include the lagoon.
He said the letter was well received and generated some discussion about the fact that the coast directly off of Del Mar is mostly sandy and not particularly diverse in marine life.
The task force narrowed down the proposals to three, including Lapis 1.
On Monday, Mosier and Mayor Crystal Crawford attended the South Coast Regional Stakeholders meeting in Carlsbad.
“We tried to convince them that, essentially, if there has to be a marine protected area in front of Del Mar that it needs to be shifted to achieve better habitat protection and allow us to do sand replenishment projects on our beaches,” Mosier said.
Mosier said that without sand replenishment, the Del Mar Bluffs would be in danger of eroding.
Longtime Del Mar resident Tensia Trejo said she was outraged when she heard that the MPA would ban fishing in the San Dieguito River.
“As you know I’ve been here all my life, but I actually think they’re going overboard,” Trejo said.
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