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BREAKING: Oregon House approves marine reserves

Oregon House Approves Marine Reserves, MPAs Posted Tue, Feb 21, 2012 by Emily Fisher to marine protected areas , marine reserves , oregon Oregon's Otter Rock. © Oceana/Will Race Great news! Today the Oregon House passed a bill making Oregon’s first network of marine reserves and marine protected areas (MPAs). The bill, which Oceana has been actively supporting, now goes to the governor’s desk for a signature. The bill calls on state agencies, the State Fish and Wildlife Commission, and State Land Board to create marine reserves and adjacent MPAs at Cape Falcon, Cascade Head and Cape Perpetua. The three new marine reserves and MPAs add 109 square miles (70,000 acres) to the already designated 9 square miles of area at Redfish Rocks and Otter Rock. All areas combined total less than 10 percent of Oregon’s Territorial Sea; leaving the vast majority of Oregon’s Pacific waters ...

Full article: http://oceana.org/en/blog/2012/02/oregon-house-approves-m...

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