Exploring California’s Marine Protected Areas: Sea Lion Cove State Marine Conservation Area

The Point Arena Lighthouse is a popular landmark to visit along California’s picturesque Mendocino Coast. Standing 115 feet above the flat coastal prairie, the lighthouse rises from the headland’s edge, bravely overlooking the pounding waves below. Continue reading “Exploring California’s Marine Protected Areas: Sea Lion Cove State Marine Conservation Area”

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Celebrating 50 Years of Protection at Fitzgerald Marine Reserve

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Visitors engrossed in the tidepools at Fitzgerald Marine Reserve
CDFW photo by C. Shen

The Fitzgerald Marine Reserve, located along the California coast just north of Half Moon Bay in Moss Beach, is a place that has inspired people since the first Native Americans inhabited the area thousands of years ago. Continue reading “Celebrating 50 Years of Protection at Fitzgerald Marine Reserve”

Northern Channel Islands Marine Protected Areas Join Growing Network of Global Ocean Refuges

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The Marine Conservation Institute and its international science council has recognized the Northern Channel Islands marine protected areas (MPAs) off the coast of Santa Barbara, California as an outstanding MPA with a Blue Park designation. Continue reading “Northern Channel Islands Marine Protected Areas Join Growing Network of Global Ocean Refuges”

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California Fish and Game Commission Adopts the California Pacific Herring Fishery Management Plan

At its October 10, 2019 meeting, the California Fish and Game Commission adopted the California Pacific Herring Fishery Management Plan (Herring FMP). The Herring FMP establishes a cohesive strategy to guide the sustainable management of California’s commercial and recreational Pacific Herring fisheries, as required by the Marine Life Management Act. Continue reading “California Fish and Game Commission Adopts the California Pacific Herring Fishery Management Plan”