North Coast Marine Protected Areas – State of the Region Report Now Available

reportThe California Department of Fish and Wildlife is pleased to announce the release of the State of the California North Coast report, now available on

This report contains key information about the biological, ecological, oceanographic, cultural, and socioeconomic conditions around the time of marine protected area (MPA) implementation on California’s North Coast, a geographic region extending from the California-Oregon border south to Point Arena. From 2013 through 2017, 11 baseline projects across the North Coast collected data Continue reading

Coming Soon: Community Gatherings to Share Information on North Coast MPAs

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The California Department of Fish and Wildlife invites members of the North Coast ocean community and any other interested citizens to attend a series of informal community gatherings held throughout the North Coast area (Crescent City, Eureka, and Fort Bragg) from November 1-3, 2017 to learn about marine protected area (MPA) baseline monitoring conducted in the region. This baseline monitoring collected information on the ecological, socioeconomic, and cultural use conditions near the time MPAs went into effect on California’s North Coast (from Alder Creek near Point Arena north to the California-Oregon border). Continue reading

Exploring California’s Marine Protected Areas: Point St. George Reef Offshore State Marine Conservation Area

The beauty and charm of the area north of Point Arena is not lost on those who explore the remote wilderness. Rugged coastlines plunge into the sea, fog rolls in from the ocean and quiets the surrounding hillsides, and hiking trails beckon those wanting to explore some of California’s most pristine nature. The area lays claim to a quieter, slower-paced lifestyle, compared to the industrialized areas farther south. Continue reading

Exploring California’s Marine Protected Areas: Big Creek State Marine Reserve

As you drive south on Highway 1 from Carmel (or north from San Simeon) on the central California coast, you enter a majestic stretch of coastline called Big Sur. This rugged area, known for its breathtaking views and pristine coastline, is wild yet easy to view from the highway. Although access to the water’s edge is limited, a boat trip can provide a close-up view of this remarkable marine environment. Continue reading