Readers of today's North Coast Journal (cover "Species Rising," March 3) will be puzzled by the first paragraph of an otherwise excellent story by Ryan Burns ("Tribal Seas") that was rendered incomprehensible when an editing error removed 17 words. Here is the full text of the lede to this excellent summary of an important initiative in which Humboldt leaders pulled together to pull off an environmental compromise of historic proportion; the missing words are italicized here:
"It's been almost a dozen years since the California legislature approved the Marine Life Protection Act, a momentous piece of legislation designed to help coastal ecosystems rebound from decades of overfishing and ecological abuse. The Act was based on a model that's proved effective elsewhere, including the oceans off New Zealand and the Great Barrier Reef, where fishing is limited or prohibited inside designated marine reserves. Establishing such a network of Marine Protected Areas here in California has been slow and tumultuous as virtually every resident with a toe in the Pacific has lodged objections to the process or the outcome or both."
I regret the error, and will correct it in the next printed Journal.