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City Park Marine Reserves Rule
The “City Park Marine Reserve” protection builds upon years of work done by the Carkeek Watershed Community Action Project, King County Water and Land Resources, the Seattle Aquarium and Seattle Parks and recreation. Work to explore opportunities for further protecting marine habitat began in 1990 to address overharvesting of marine resources in our City parks. In addition to these efforts, the Washington Department of Natural Resources - Aquatics Land Division worked with the City of Seattle to extend our Marine Reserve areas into subtidal areas. We are now able to provide further protection for park sites along Puget Sound.
City Park Marine Reserves are located in the marine and intertidal areas within certain portions of Golden Gardens Park, Carkeek Park, Charles Richey, Sr. Viewpoint, Lincoln Park, Emma Schmitz Memorial Overlook and Discovery Park.
Although many of the activities prohibited in a Marine Reserve are already unlawful in a City park, this rule specifically designates City of Seattle park sites along Puget Sound as Marine Reserves and in so doing prohibits taking of shellfish, capturing of any wildlife species and otherwise damaging or destroying submerged or intertidal lands within our parks. This rule gives us an opportunity to highlight the importance of our critical marine habitat and further educate people about activities that are prohibited in these designated areas.
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Updated July 16, 2013
New State Marine Protected Areas in Seattle
On April 7, 2006, after two years of effort, the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission formally adopted marine protected status of the intertidal at all six Seattle marine reserves. This commission decision came after two public hearings in 2004 and 2005, with strong support from People for Puget Sound, Seattle Aquarium staff and Beach Naturalist volunteers.
About 50% of each of the following beaches are now set aside by the city and the state as no-harvest reserves (except for hook and line fin-fishing): Golden Gardens Park, Carkeek Park, Charles Richey, Sr. Viewpoint, Lincoln Park, Emma Schmitz Memorial Overlook and Discovery Park. Total amount of protected interidal is about 108 acres.
The benefits of the state adoption of these new "Marine Preserves" are threefold:
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