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Coastline Management Plan Sought By Governor

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger says he wants a plan on his desk in 90 days detailing how the state can better manage state waters and seashores.

California, with eleven-hundred miles of coastline, is economically dependent on tourists drawn to its beaches and on ports that serve as gateways to Mexico, Canada and Pacific Rim nations.

The state´s shore, ports and oceans account for an estimated 60 billion dollars in direct spending and 15 billion dollars in annual tax revenues.

Schwarzenegger wants the plan to say how the administration and Legislature can better work with industry, universities, public interest groups and philanthropic interests to improve ocean and coastal management.