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State admits traditional management more effective than marine reserves
Dan Bacher
“The whole selling point of these marine protected areas is that they would make fish and shellfish populations more abundant,” said Jim Martin, the West Coast Regional Director of the Recreational Fishing Alliance and representative of the Sonoma County Abalone Network (SCAN). “The first test of that theory turned to be based on false promises.” Photo of red abalone at Santa Cruz Island courtesy of California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW).

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