Marine protected areas

Enforcement playing a greater role in marine protected areas

Enforcement playing a greater role in marine protected areas

COAST CITIES — Two years after the debut of new and expanded marine protected areas, wardens are placing a greater emphasis on citations for illegal activity in the reserves.

One year later: few violations reported in new marine protected areas, poaching a concern

One year later: few violations reported in new marine protected areas, poaching a concern

COAST CITIES — Poaching. Lobster traps where they shouldn’t be. Spearfishing protected species.

Enforcing new marine protected areas may be a challenge

Enforcing new marine protected areas may be a challenge

ENCINITAS — More than a year ago, the California Fish and Game Commission voted to expand a network of marine protected areas throughout Southern California after nearly a decade of contentious debate.