Diverse marine habitats are a hallmark of California’s central coast region, from sandy beaches and dune landscapes, to expansive estuaries and dense kelp forests. Many are safeguarded by state marine protected areas (MPAs), which aim to protect the abundance of marine life, the habitats on which they depend, and the integrity of marine ecosystems. California … Continue reading San Luis Obispo County MPA Collaborative
Sonoma County offers some of California’s most iconic landscapes, from towering redwood trees to rolling hills blanketed by vineyards. The Sonoma coast is no exception, with sweeping views of crashing waves that shape the offshore, rocky sea stacks and mossy forests that extend nearly down to the water’s edge. There are 10 state marine protected … Continue reading Sonoma County MPA Collaborative: Connecting Land and Sea
Humboldt County is home to some of the most remote marine protected areas (MPAs) in California. Humboldt’s eight MPAs and two special closures are a part of the larger statewide network of 124 MPAs, managed by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW). They include the Reading Rock State Marine Reserve (SMR), South Humboldt … Continue reading Humboldt County MPA Collaborative
With so much to experience within the five counties that hug the Southern California coastline—Santa Barbara, Ventura, Los Angeles, Orange, and San Diego—it’s no surprise that almost half the state’s population, around 18 million people, can be found living along this famously sun-filled stretch of coast. Despite the large volume of people, California implemented 50 … Continue reading A Model of Collaboration: The Orange County Marine Protected Area Council
Monterey has built its reputation on abundant marine resources and scenic bay waters. Visitors flock to see the sea otters, visit the world-renowned Monterey Bay Aquarium, and stroll along Steinbeck’s Cannery Row.