ocean habitats

Tying Traditional Knowledge to Ocean Stewardship: The Del Norte Marine Protected Area Collaborative

California is home to a statewide network of 124 ecologically connected marine protected areas (MPAs) managed by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW). CDFW works with many partners, including a grassroots organization Continue reading “Tying Traditional Knowledge to Ocean Stewardship: The Del Norte Marine Protected Area Collaborative”

The Santa Barbara Channel Marine Protected Area Collaborative: Connecting with the Galapagos of North America

yellowfin fringehead
Yellowfin fringehead peeks out of a hole at Campus Point State Marine Conservation Area, Santa Barbara County
photo ©MarcoMazza, CC BY-NC 2.0

Ventura and Santa Barbara counties are situated north of Los Angeles along the Southern California coastline. Although distinct, these neighboring counties share jurisdiction over an area known as the “Galapagos of North America” – the Northern Channel Islands (NCIs). Continue reading “The Santa Barbara Channel Marine Protected Area Collaborative: Connecting with the Galapagos of North America”

Education, Technology, and Stewardship: The Golden Gate Marine Protected Area Collaborative

Golden Gate MPA Collaborative ROV training
Golden Gate MPA Collaborative members at a remotely operated vehicle training
photo by C. Allison

Although San Francisco is a major city and a global center for technological innovation, it is also known for having easy access to nature and strong environmental leadership. You can get lost in Golden Gate Park, go surfing at Ocean Beach, or go sailing in San Francisco Bay. Continue reading “Education, Technology, and Stewardship: The Golden Gate Marine Protected Area Collaborative”

Otters and Online Lessons: The San Luis Obispo Marine Protected Area Collaborative

Sea Life volunteers in kayaks
SeaLife Stewards are docents that work on the water along with State Parks in the Morro Bay MPAs
photo by C. O’Brien

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 Continue reading “Otters and Online Lessons: The San Luis Obispo Marine Protected Area Collaborative”

World Oceans Day

CDFW MPA Banner underwater at the Blue Cavern Onshore SMCA
CDFW MPA banner in Blue Cavern Onshore State Marine Conservation Area giant kelp forest
CDFW photo by A. Van Diggelen

Many people know that we celebrate Earth Day on April 22. But did you know there is an international day that celebrates our world’s oceans? Officially recognized by the United Nations and celebrated every June 8 since 2008, World Oceans Day encourages us to come together to acknowledge the beauty and resources the oceans contribute to our everyday lives, as well as the importance of taking care of our global ocean.

For Californians, the spirit of World Oceans Day is already a big part of our state identity! Whether you want to hang ten while surfing in southern California Continue reading “World Oceans Day”