The California Ocean Protection Council, Klamath River, NWFZ&P Committee – November 1, 2007

The California Ocean Protection Council met in Eureka recently. Among other things, it discussed protected zones off limits to fishing, the Klamath River andgood old Humboldt Bay.

It’s nice to know that there is a state agency that concerns itself with the well-being of the ocean. We often hear that “We know less about our own oceans than we do about outer space.” But how true can that be? We don’t even know what some of the most basic, defining aspects of the universe – dark matter and dark energy – are. Since we don’t know what we don’t know, we don’t know how much we don’t know. So that statement seems a bit flip. Which is not to say that the oceans aren’t mysterious. The sea, she holds many secrets… arrrgh. Oh, sorry, lapsed into Pirate there for a sec. But seriously, that might be why the COPC has undertaken a mapping project, plus other research.

It’s good to know that we’re endeavoring to better understand the ocean next door, especially since, like every other resource available to humanity, we seem to have beaten the thing to within an inch of its life with resource extraction and waste dumping without even really understanding how it works. Because that’s the other thing we hear all the time – that the oceans are dying.

So take heart, because three Western governors have undertaken a new initiative to better understand and protect the oceans. They even have a new Action Plan!

Our guest for the Nov. 1 KHUM Humboldt Review will be Drew Bohan, executive policy officer for the California Ocean Protection Council. We’ll talk about the council’s major initiatives and role in protecting the environment.

We’ll also discuss the fortunes and forecast for the always-controversial Klamath River, guest TBA.

Other topics are firming up. Possible updates through the day.

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