California Department of Fish and Wildlife

Statewide Interests Group (North Central Coast Study Region)

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The MLPA Statewide Interests Group (SIG) is composed of members from key interest groups from around the state. The SIG provides a forum for enhanced communication between the Blue Ribbon Task Force (BRTF) and stakeholders regarding the MLPA Initiative. The SIG also helps to provide outreach to constituent groups regarding opportunities for public involvement, assists with the overall communication between the BRTF, stakeholders and members of the public regarding MLPA implementation and BRTF recommendations, and is involved with other issues as identified benefiting from a statewide perspective. The SIG does not vote or take formal positions on any procedural or substantive issues, but instead alerts the task force and staff of issues and opportunities that could improve public involvement in the MLPA process. The SIG meets periodically and is independent of, the regional stakeholder group process.

Members of the SIG are appointed by the MLPA Initiative Executive Director in consultation with the BRTF chair, the Secretary of the California Natural Resources Agency, and the Director of the Department of Fish and Game.

The following individuals are members of the 2007/2008 Statewide Interests Group:

  • Kevin B. Cooper, San Diego Freedivers
  • Harold Davis, Davis Boats
  • Henry Fastenau, Bodega Marine Laboratory, University of California, Davis
  • Kaitilin Gaffney, The Ocean Conservancy
  • Joe Geever, Surfrider
  • Vern Goerhing, California Fisheries Coalition
  • Joel Greenberg, Recreational Fishing Alliance
  • Angela Haren, California Coastkeeper Alliance
  • Bill G. James, commercial nearshore fisherman
  • Ken Kurtis, Reef Seekers Dive Co.
  • Dr. James Liu, United Pier and Shore Anglers of California
  • Tom Raftican, United Anglers of Southern California
  • Steve Scheiblauer, California Association of Harbor Masters and Port Captains
  • Roger Thomas, Golden Gate Fisherman's Association
  • Shelly Walther, Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County
  • Kate Wing, Natural Resources Defense Council