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    Ban on watercraft in Northern Cal - not good.

    All,

    This is a major blow to the watercraft community, this is not good:
    • This will ban PWC in the Ocean from Cambria to San Francisco, 5000 nautical miles of ocean that you and I can no longer ride in with the exception of four very small PWC designated riding areas.
    • This will be effective February of 2009. This is not good!
    • Our only voice is the AWA - Join the AWA so we don't lose more riding area in the ocean!
    • They are our only voice protecting our right to ride PWC in the Ocean! Here is the link to join the AWA: http://awahq.org/index.php?option=co...mart&Itemid=16
    • Lets not let them set precedent and take away our ability to ride in the ocean in Southern California also!
    • We must increase the number of voices we have speaking for PWC enthusiasts - Join the AWA
    • Please forward this email to everyone you know with a PWC.
    Thank you,

    Mk
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    Subject: Surfrider Celebrates Increased Protection For Monterey Bay Sanctuary


    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    CONTACT:
    Alexis Henry
    Surfrider Foundation
    SURFRIDER CELEBRATES INCREASED PROTECTION FOR MONTEREY BAY SANCTUARY


    New Regulations Close Loophole and Establish Seasonal Fifth Zone
    For Personal Watercraft Use

    San Clemente, CA (November 17, 200
    – After nearly a decade of work, the Surfrider Foundation is celebrating a twofold success that balances resource protection with recreational access in the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary (MBNMS).

    Through a joint management plan review process in which many stakeholders participated, the Surfrider Foundation and its chapters worked with the Sanctuary officials and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to close a loophole in the laws governing usage of motorized personal watercraft (MPWC) in the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. The original restrictions were established in 1992 and designed to provide enhanced resource protection for marine mammal and seabird concentrations, kelp forests, river mouths, estuaries, lagoons and all near shore areas that numerous studies have shows to be highly vulnerable to disturbance and injury from personal watercraft. However changes in watercraft technology and design resulted in a definition loophole that allowed newer three- and four-seat personal watercraft models to operate outside of the four established zones within the Sanctuary. By changing the definition and closing the loophole, MPWC will be relegated back the four established zones, restoring the original intent of the law.

    Additionally, NOAA has established a seasonal fifth MPWC zone at Mavericks. NOAA chose Mavericks as the seasonal fifth zone due to the break’s close proximity to an existing offshore MPWC zone. NOAA expects to minimize MPWC impacts to the local environment by restricting their use in this new zone, which borders the existing Fitzgerald Marine Reserve. The seasonal fifth zone would be open for tow-in surfing and MPWC usages from December through February during National Weather Service-issued high surf warnings.

    The inclusion of an additional seasonal fifth MPWC zone at Mavericks for tow-in surfing balances recreational access with maximum protection for Sanctuary resources. The Surfrider Foundation and its local San Mateo County Chapter recognize the value of these objectives and view the seasonal zone as a solution that holds protection of a National Marine Sanctuary in highest regard while allowing recreational use of MPWC.

    “From the start, our goal has been maximal protection for the National Marine Sanctuary,” says Edmundo Larenas, Chair of the Surfrider Foundation San Mateo County Chapter. “We are pleased that NOAA’s inclusive approach with all the stakeholders in working to define the governing regulations produced a result that will restore protection to the National Marine Sanctuary.”

    While the new regulations seek to protect Sanctuary resources and recreational access, the Sanctuary and stakeholders will have to work together to address issues such as safety, enforcement and environmental protection.

    “The addition of a fifth zone will not be without its challenges,” Larenas cautioned. “With the seasonal fifth zone in place, it is important for all stakeholders to continue working together to safe guard the environment around the established fifth zone.”

    The new regulations are expected to go in effect February 2009.

    About Surfrider Foundation
    The Surfrider Foundation is a non-profit grassroots organization dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of our world’s oceans, waves and beaches. Founded in 1984 by a handful of visionary surfers in Malibu, California, the Surfrider Foundation now maintains over 50,000 members and 80 chapters worldwide. For more information on the Surfrider Foundation, go to www.surfrider.org <http://www.surfrider.org/> .






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    The ski's have taken a "backseat" to the Corvette DarthAWM's Avatar
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    What pisses me off is that they are treating us separately from other motorized watercraft. We are no more or really less invasive and disruptive than outboard, I/O and inboard driven craft which are not bound by this restriction. Tell me that a 14' aluminun boat with a 75hp two stroke is less destructive than a GTX or FXHO?

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    ^^ +1 ....

    If you are not already a member, join the AWA to help fight the fight.

    We will only see these ban's worsen, liberals now own the white house, so time is now ticking!

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    These Surfrider people seem like they are no better than the Russell Long radicals at Bluewater Network. They won't be happy until we all junk our PWC and take up surfing, sailing or some other non-motorized hobby. I invite anyone reading this to visit the detailed thread below in my signature, it tracks the long and deceptive road of these maniacs to destroy our access for years, from Florida's Biscayne Bay to the San Juan Islands in the West. You will notice the typical trash in their news release regarding harm to marine mammals and seabird concentrations. Most of this has been debunked with facts on the PWIA website for years. For examples, check out post no 8 in my thread for the ridiculous LIES regarding PWC and Manatees here in Florida.

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    What a bunch of bias bogus crap for sure !

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    you can thank julie packard for all this sheet
    she is also the one that stopped salmon fishing
    this bull$hit, nobody owns the water!

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    Unbelievable... not even a ski owner yet (will be shortly) and just bought a 3 year rights protection membership.

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    Guys, Shawn Alladio is on the front lines of this mess, see my review of the California bans starting at post 299 and her many updates following here:
    http://greenhulk.net/forums/showthre...=60112&page=30

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    Just joined the AWA!!! This banning PWC's is BS!!!

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    it is going to take big bucks and so media to win this
    trust me we have been through this before on coastside

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