|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE|
|Date:||October 24, 2002|
|Contact:||Courtney Cuff, NPCA, 510-839-9922 ext. 21|
Statement of Courtney Cuff on Marine Protection Plan for Channel Islands National Park
Research shows that commercial and sport fisheries report greater catches of larger fish near marine reserves that include no-take zones. However, until late yesterday, only 1 percent of the Channel Islands area had been off-limits to all fishing. Now, the vast array of plant, mammal, and fish species that depend on these waters will have a better chance at survival, and visitors to the park for generations to come will have the chance to explore areas with some of the best diving and wildlife viewing opportunities in the nation.