The Partnership for Sustainable Oceans (PSO), Ocean Access Protection Fund (OAPF) and United Anglers of Southern California (UASC) have announced plans for a collaborative "Fight the MLPA" Fundraising Dinner, Sunday May 22 at the Atrium Hotel in Irvine. Proceeds from this event will be used to continue the battle against the flawed and mismanaged Marine Life Protection Act process in the California courts.
Special guest speakers for this event include George Osborn, lobbyist for the PSO, with an insider's report on the MLPA fight. Also taking the podium will be Gordon Robertson, Vice President/Government Affairs for the American Sportfishing Association, with his "behind-the-scenes" view of the MLPA legal battle. Robert C. Fletcher, former Fish & Game Commission Deputy Director, former Director of the Sportfishing Association of California and the named litigant in the lawsuit against the MLPA, will also provide his unique insight. Together, these three key players will explain the legal strategy of the OAPF, how anglers and the industry have succeeded thus far, and what will be required to continue this fight to a positive conclusion.
In addition to a delicious plated dinner, the evening will feature plenty of valuable door prizes, raffle items and silent auction items. UASC Chairman Dave Elm will also present the 20th Annual Bill Ray Memorial Award (the organization's highest conservation honor) to Ingrid Poole. Poole, wife of late long-range sportfishing legend Bill Poole, has carried on Bill's tradition and legacy through her hard work on the MLPA process and coordination of many behind-the-scenes fundraising efforts. "Ingrid deserves to be recognized and take her place among the many great men and women who have won this award - including the late, great Bill Poole. It will be my sincere pleasure to honor her on behalf of her peers and anglers everywhere," said Elm.
The event will kicks off with no-host cocktails and mingling time beginning at 4:30 p.m. The dinner runs from 5:30-8:00 p.m. Tickets for this limited- seating event are now on sale ($65 per person or $550 for a table of 10) and can be purchased by calling UASC headquarters at (562) 494-9900.