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”

Exploring California’s Marine Protected Areas: Farnsworth Onshore State Marine Conservation Area and Farnsworth Offshore State Marine Conservation Area

Located around 20 miles off the Southern California mainland, Santa Catalina Island is a popular destination for those looking to enjoy island living. Kayak tours, glass bottom boats, jet ski excursions, and snorkeling Continue reading “Exploring California’s Marine Protected Areas: Farnsworth Onshore State Marine Conservation Area and Farnsworth Offshore State Marine Conservation Area”

Exploring California’s Marine Protected Areas: Kashtayit State Marine Conservation Area

Beach at MPA
Sunset at Kashtayit State Marine Conservation Area
CDFW photo by T. Heitzenrater

Have you ever wanted to fall asleep listening to the sound of ocean waves crashing along the shore, or wake up to the sound of seagulls calling in the morning? Not far from Santa Barbara Continue reading “Exploring California’s Marine Protected Areas: Kashtayit State Marine Conservation Area”

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”