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December 13, 2010

Hero of the Environment, Maria Celeste Arraras Wants You to Help Protect Our Oceans!

If you have friends in California, share this with them! Together we can save the oceans -!
Maria Celeste Arraras in 2008 on a trip in San Ignacio Lagoon in Baja California Sur touching a Gray Whale.

By Maria Celeste Arraras on Friday, December 10, 2010 

Seventy percent of our planet is covered by water. The oceans are the heart and soul of our blue planet and they need our care. This December, it’s time to take action and help protect the natural resource that gives us life, the ocean. The ocean gives us so much, 70 percent of the oxygen we breathe is produced in the ocean. He also presents us with food and is a great source of jobs. There's nothing like having fun on the waves and enjoying their magical underwater world. From a very early age, I have always had a strong connection with the sea since I was born and raised in the beautiful island of Puerto Rico. Then my profession took me to California where I fell in love with the Pacific Ocean, very different from the Caribbean Sea but equally wonderful.

For years I raised my voice to highlight the challenges facing the sea, including overfishing, pollution and climate change. In my program "Al Rojo Vivo con Maria Celeste" we constantly report about how marine life has decreased in the last decade and how it is affecting the sea's ability to produce oxygen. This is the time for action and I think we can raise to this challenge. 

In many parts of the world, "underwater parks" are taking a starring role in maintaining the health of the ocean. These marine sanctuaries serve as nurseries for the waters that surround them, helping to replenish fish stocks and restore marine life. California is in the process of creating a network of marine protected areas or "underwater parks" - along the entire coast of California through a very unique and progressive law called the Marine Life Protection Act.

These protected areas are like marine savings accounts, ensuring that future generations have access to a healthy marine life when they need it.  Underwater parks have been selected to protect the waters from Point Conception near Santa Barbara, to the border of San Diego and Tijuana in Southern California. At this time the Fish and Game Commission of the State of California is deciding which plan to implement. There are several proposals on the table, but only one proposal, the conservation plan, or "Proposal 3" meets the ocean’s needs. 

Now, I am asking you all to become stewards of the ocean and to do your part to protect and restore the sea. There are many steps, big and small, that we can take, from helping to clean up the beach, vowing to only buy sustainable seafood, or joining the effort to protect California’s special ocean places through the Marine Life Protection Act.  I encourage you to attend the last meeting of the Fish and Game Commission this December 15, which will decide which plan will be adopted for Southern California, and support the conservation plan or “Proposal 3.”  The meeting will be in Santa Barbara at the Hotel Mar Monte, for more information about the meeting please go to the site

We must do everything in our power to ensure our children and grandchildren – our future -- are able to live and enjoy their lives as we have. For their sake, we need to do their part to help conserve our oceans and their inhabitants.

Thank you for your involvement in this worthy cause,

Mary Celeste