Hundreds of stakeholders and some coastal Tribes contributed to the process of redesigning California’s marine protected areas (MPAs) to function as a network. By sharing information, voicing opinions, and providing expertise, they helped establish a globally recognized system of 124 ecologically connected MPAs with varying levels of protection. While it has been nearly 10 years … Continue reading MPA Collaboratives: The Local Voices of Marine Protected Area Management
While Los Angeles County is home to 13 of California’s 124 marine protected areas (MPAs), only four of those can be easily accessed from the mainland. The remaining nine MPAs surround Santa Catalina Island, known simply as “Catalina,” and can be reached via ferry, boat, helicopter, or private aircraft.
The laid back, beachy vibe of the colorful coastal town of Santa Cruz conjures images of surfers gracefully riding the waves at Steamer Lane or locals leisurely navigating an oceanside bike trail on beach cruisers.
Mendocino County is well known for its stunning coast and towering redwoods. These natural features are protected by an abundance of marine protected areas (MPAs) and state parks throughout the county. MPAs and state parks are often found side by side here, with nine of the 14 state-managed MPAs lying adjacent to a state park. … Continue reading The Mendocino Marine Protected Area Collaborative: Engaging Partners to Fill Local Needs
California’s network of marine protected areas (MPAs) spans north to south, border to border, and touches every coastal county. Thirteen of the 124 MPAs managed by the Department of Fish and Wildlife are located within Los Angeles County.