Exploring California’s Marine Protected Areas: Gerstle Cove State Marine Reserve

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A foggy summer morning at Gerstle Cove State Marine Reserve, one of the many pocket coves on the Sonoma coastline.
photo by Sara Worden

The northward path across the Golden Gate Bridge leads away from the bustle of the Bay Area, past the headlands and rolling hills of Marin, to the windy, wild coastline of Sonoma County. Continue reading

New CDFW Video, Poster, and Brochure Showcase California MPA Network

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) has developed several new and exciting outreach products to help Californians learn more about their network of marine protected areas (MPAs).  The materials listed below are all available online and through CDFW.  Continue reading

California’s MPA Network: Long-Term Monitoring Begins, Baseline Monitoring Ends

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Fort Bragg Community Gathering
CDFW photo by L. Lopez

When California’s marine protected areas (MPAs) were implemented (central coast in 2007, north central coast in 2010, and south coast and north coast in 2012) each region sequentially entered the first phase of the MPA Monitoring Program. Phase 1, regional baseline monitoring, was funded through a $16 million voter-approved investment with $4 million allotted per region. Phase 2, statewide long-term monitoring, began in 2016 with the state committing Continue reading

Exploring California’s Marine Protected Areas: Van Damme State Marine Conservation Area

Located on the northern California coast just south of the town of Mendocino, Van Damme State Marine Conservation Area (SMCA) encompasses a small, protected bay sheltered from north winds and large ocean swell. The bay is popular with freedivers, kayakers, scuba divers, and recreational anglers. Continue reading

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 Oceanspaces.org.

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