A San Diego Superior Court judge has dismissed a lawsuit that aimed to thwart the implementation of marine-protected areas (MPAs) in Northern California under the Marine Life Protection Act (MLPA).
A separate lawsuit contesting MPAs in Southern California, including several in Laguna Beach, is still moving forward.
FOR THE RECORD:
[This clarifies that the ruling was just for Northern California MPAs.]
The California League of Conservation Voters on Oct. 18 cheered Judge Ronald Prager's decision to reject the suit filed by the United Anglers of Southern California, according to a news release from the league.
The suit was also backed by the Partnership for Sustainable Oceans, a fishing equipment group. Opponents included state conservation groups and the Fish and Game Commission.