LOS ANGELES — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says it is reopening a key part of its iconic Big Sur coast to the public.
The agency announced Tuesday that it has designated Big Sur National Marine Sanctuary, the site where an important species of fish was found last summer.
The refuge includes the Baja Big Sur, Big Sur and Big Sur Island, which are considered critical habitat for fish, turtles and other species.
The refuge is located at a site on the Big Sur Coast where a group of fish found a group that was nearly three times the size of the original fish that was collected.
In a statement, Fish and Game said, “We are thrilled to announce that we have opened the Big Sabre to the general public and hope to bring the BigSur Sanctuary to the masses as soon as possible.
We hope this discovery will serve as a model for future projects to protect these precious resources.”
The refuge has been under the control of the U.P. Fish & Wildlife Service since January of 2015.
It was originally set up to protect species like the California sea lion, and the UPF’s Marine Mammal Protection Program (MMP).
However, the UPPF was unable to protect the sea lion and it is no longer protected under the UFPPSS.
But that hasn’t stopped the UPSS from working to preserve the area.
A group of Big Sur residents, including Big Sur resident and environmental activist, Matt Loeser, organized the BigSura.org website to bring awareness to the refuge.
They launched the site in 2014 to show Big Sur to the world, but it didn’t take off until 2017.
Loeser said he wanted to make sure the refuge was not forgotten.
“We want to make a statement and remind people to protect Big Sur from being lost to the UMPPSS,” Loesers statement read.
We will be gathering signatures to bring Big Sur Sanctuary back into the public domain, he added.
The BigSurfs project was inspired by the Big Sides project that protected a marine park from destruction in 2011.
The BigSures project has been successful, and now the Bigsur Sanctuary is back under the authority of the agency.
The habitat is expected to be open to the community in the fall.
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