California Department of Fish and Wildlife

Blue Ribbon Task Force (North Central Coast Study Region)

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The Blue Ribbon Task Force (BRTF) is composed of five public leaders selected by the secretary of the California Natural Resources Agency. The secretary appointed members based on their knowledge, vision, public policy expertise and diversity of professional expertise. The BRTF is responsible for:

  • Overseeing a regional project to develop marine protected area proposals for California's MLPA North Central Coast Study Region to present to the California Fish and Game Commission,
  • Preparing information and recommendations for coordinating management of MPAs with federal agencies, and
  • Providing direction for expenditure of MLPA Initiative funds

The BRTF also provides direction in the face of uncertainty, while meeting the objectives of the Marine Life Protection Act (MLPA). The BRTF chair oversees the work of the executive director of the MLPA Initiative, works with the director of the Department of Fish and Game to convene the stakeholder group, and serves as the principal link between the BRTF and MLPA Initiative staff. BRTF members also serve as liaisons to the regional stakeholder group.