The Marine Managed Areas Improvement Act (MMAIA) establishes a uniform classification system for state marine managed areas, prescribing 6 classifications for designating managed areas in the marine and estuarine environments, including marine protected areas. Under the MMAIA, “marine protected areas” include a state marine reserve, a state marine park, and a state marine conservation area.

This bill would authorize a California Native American tribe to submit a request to the Native American Heritage Commission to approve the tribe’s record of aboriginal use of a specified area of the marine environment for subsistence and cultural purposes. Upon approval by the Native American Heritage Commission of the tribe’s record of aboriginal use, the bill would authorize the tribe to request, and would require the Fish and Game Commission to issue, an exemption that authorizes members and lineal descendants of the tribe to engage in subsistence fishing and cultural gathering and use of live plants and dead animals within any state marine conservation area or state marine park located in the area described in the approval where the aboriginal use occurred.

California State Parks Foundation

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