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May 08, 2009

Fishing and diving groups team up for series of free Southern California "MLPA 101" seminars

Goal to increase public understanding of Marine Life Protection Act process and implementation

United Anglers of Southern California (UASC) and sport diver's organization LA Fathomiers are teaming up to provide local anglers and other water users with a better understanding of the Marine Life Protection Act (MLPA) and its impending implementation in California coastal waters.

"It's our goal to help anglers and the general public gain a better grasp of this complex, sometimes confusing issue," said Steven Fukuto, UASC President.  "We're doing this by presenting the information at hand in a clear, concise manner, using plain talk.  We want people to walk away from this event understanding the challenges before us, what the recreational fishing community is doing and how we can work together to be able to fish in the future.  We encourage everybody who's interested in the future of fishing to attend."

Dates for these free, approximately two-hour seminars are:

Monday, May 11 at 7 p.m.
Tuesday, May 12 at 7 p.m.
Saturday, May 16 at 1 p.m.
Monday, May 18 at 7 p.m.

Each event will be held at the Alamitos Bay Sportsmen's Club, 1933 Temple Avenue, Signal Hill, CA 90755.   Information will be presented by members of the UASC MLPA team, along with Paul Romanowski of LA Fathomiers.

Anglers interested in attending should contact UASC's headquarters at (949) 863-9447, or visit the organization's website at www.unitedanglers.com.