State adopts network of protected marine areas

The plan restricts or bans fishing along 15% of Southern California coast, including several areas backed by environmentalists, and leaves out some areas prized by recreational and commercial fishermen. More than 350 square miles of ocean from Point Conception to the U.S.-Mexico border — about 15% of the Southern California coast — will be protected under a network of marine reserves narrowly approved by state wildlife officials.

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State adopts network of protected marine areas