There is no question that California’s coast faces unprecedented challenges. Recent studies, including a comprehensive report from the Pews Ocean Commission, highlighted concerns such as overfishing, a growing population (eight of 10 state residents now live in coastal counties) and resource extraction. (California’s ban on offshore drilling will come under fire as pressures increase for new sources of oil.) These were among the many reasons the Legislature approved the 1999 state Marine Life Protection Act. The question now facing a state advisory group is how to implement the act on the coastline that stretches from southern San Mateo County to Point Arena. Specifically, the group will determine which areas of the local coastal waters should remain as is, which should be turned into reserves (where fishing could be prohibited) and which should be turned into conservation areas (where some commercial and recreational fishing will be allowed). AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.The challenge will be to develop a plan based on the best fisheries science available, while not destroying the livelihood of Californians who are dependent on the ocean economy. – Santa Rosa Press Democrat 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!