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

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Event flier (click to read or download)

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 Arena State Marine Reserve and State Marine Conservation Area

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Point Arena Lighthouse and Point Arena State Marine Reserve   photo by R. Win

Occasionally warm and sunny, but more often cool and shrouded in a layer of fog, the Point Arena headland is a uniquely beautiful and ecologically important site on California’s northern coast. Located five miles north of its namesake town and 150 miles north of San Francisco, the waters off Point Arena are part of a major upwelling zone Continue reading

Management Update for Southern California Marine Protected Areas

On April 27, 2017, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) presented our five-year management review regarding the south coast marine protected areas (MPAs) alongside the State of the California South Coast report to the California Fish and Game Commission. At the Commission meeting, CDFW recommended that no regulatory changes be made at this time, Continue reading

Exploring California’s Marine Protected Areas: Portuguese Ledge State Marine Conservation Area

Portuguese Ledge State Marine Conservation Area (SMCA) lies four miles offshore of the Monterey peninsula in central California. The SMCA was established following the passage of the Marine Life Protection Act in 1999, which mandated the redesign of California’s marine protected area (MPA) system into a cohesive network. Currently, only 14 of the 124 state MPAs protect deepwater, submarine canyon habitat; Portuguese Ledge SMCA was one of the first such MPAs to be established. Continue reading