Perhaps this California example is what causes the unease in the back of my mind, even though those in charge say that this type of thinking is an overreaction. Maybe it is, but it is not without cause. What also brings about some unease is the fact that every time I attend another MPA Center update, there is something new added to the mix. At first, it was simply cataloging. Then came gap analysis after all the areas were analyzed. The concept of gap analysis seems to indicate that there is an unspoken objective that needs to be reached. Next came conservation impacts of the areas, not to mention a complete geographic information system for mapping, which appears redundant with the efforts being directed into the new Marine Spatial Planning initiative. None of these things individually would mean much, but together, like a snowball rolling downhill, they are gaining in size and momentum. Like much of our now massive federal bureaucracy, which started out small and focused, this effort is slowly taking on a life of its own.