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We have a great way to save the fire pits at San Diego beaches by encouraging the City Council to apply for National Marine Sanctuary (NMS) status from the northern boundary at Los Peñasquitos Marsh Natural Preserve to the southern boundary at Cabrillo National Monument.
PDF: National Marine Sanctuaries
National Marine Sanctuaries (NMS) come with federal dollars to promote education and ecotourism activities including sport fishing, kayaking, diving, seal watching, bird watching, surfing, and geology including the active Rose Canyon Fault Zone that created La Jolla Underwater Canyon. Federal tourism dollars would include branding and marketing San Diego as a world-class ecotourism destination.
Although no protection was given to the seal rookery at Children’s Pool, on November 10, 2009 the California Marine Life Protection Act (MLPA) Blue Ribbon Task Force recommended an increase of the La Jolla MPA from the Salk Institute in the north to Point La Jolla (La Jolla Cove) at the south. In addition the MLPA recommended Option 2 which includes the Cabrillo State Marine Reserve (SMR) at the end of Point Loma.
NMS encourage recreational activities like sports fishing and support valuable commercial industries such as fishing and kelp harvesting. The spearfishers, kayakers, divers, fishing boats, seal lovers, bird watchers and school children can all apply for grants from the federal government and the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation for world-wide ecotourism marketing and scientific research.