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Former MLPA Initiative science official charged with conspiracy to embezzle
Dan Bacher
Many North Coast residents believe the charges against LeValley call into question the legitimacy of the "science" used to close big areas of the North Coast to fishing and gathering under the MLPA Initiative – while doing nothing to stop pollution, fracking, oil drilling, wind and wave energy projects and all human impacts on the ocean other than fishing and gathering. The validity of the science employed by the MLPA Initiative Science Advisory Team under LeValley’s leadership becomes even more suspect when one considers that LeValley and the Team repeatedly and inexplicably refused to allow the Yurok Tribe to present their scientific studies regarding "marine protected areas." Photo of Ron LeValley (L), MLPA Initiative Science Advisory Team Co-Chair, with Ken Wiseman, MLPA Initiative Executive Director, by David Gurney.

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