New policy approved on December 15, 2010 by the California Department of Fish and Game, now protects California’s coast. The new policy is called the Marine Life Protection Act Initiative, an extension to the Marine Life Protection Act (MLPA) first approved in 1999. According to the California Department of Fish and Game, “the MLPA Initiative is a public-private partnership established to help the State of California implement the MLPA.”
There has been previous attempts to implement the MLPA but these did not succeed because of various reasons related to lack of funding and lack of authority. This initiative to implement the MLPA uses a “regional approach” and divides the California coast into individual study regions. These include: North Coast, North Central Coast, Central Coast, South Coast and the San Francisco Bay. Parts of this initiative have already been underway but the California Fish and Game Commission has now given their final approval. for the South Coast region.
The Batiquitos Lagoon lies within the South Coast study region and has been designated as a No-Take, State Marine Conservation Area (SMCA). Taking from the Batiquitos Lagoon is prohibited except by special approval by other agencies.