The Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary and the California Department of Fish and Game have finalized a recommendation for the designation of a no-take marine reserve network around the Channel Islands, on the US Pacific Coast. The recommendation represents the culmination of two years of consensus-based discussions among a variety of interest groups (MPA News 2:10); it will be presented to the California Fish and Game Commission on 24 August 2001. To download the recommendation document, go to

The US Department of Commerce has reopened its search process for nominees to serve on the Federal Advisory Committee on Marine Protected Areas. A copy of the call for nominations is available at The deadline for nominations is 15 September 2001.