The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is pleased to announce that the first Marine Protected Area (MPA) Decadal Management Review (Review) report is now available!
Review provides a synthesis of the last decade of management activities in the four pillars of the MPA Management Program and the effectiveness of the MPA Network at meeting the goals of the Marine Life Protection Act. The Review is informed by Continue reading “Available Now! MPA Decadal Management Review Report”
Mark your calendars, bring your questions, and join us this summer as we unpack the results of the state-funded
marine protected areas (MPAs) long-term monitoring projects through an 8-part virtual webinar series!
Stack of Dungeness crab traps. CDFW photo by C. Juhasz
Brown rockfish caught by California Collaborative Fisheries Research volunteer anglers. photo courtesy Moss Landing Marine Laboratories
Researchers monitoring the rocky intertidal habitat. photo courtesy MARINe
Researchers from 24 universities, agencies and institutions across California worked closely with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) and the Ocean Protection Council (OPC) to monitor key habitats both inside and outside of MPAs, including kelp forests, rocky reefs, rocky shores, estuaries, and sandy beaches.
Continue reading “MPA Monitoring Webinar Series: Ask the Researcher”
Point Buchon State Marine Reserve and Point Buchon State Marine Conservation Area as seen from the water. photo by E. Johnston
Along the coast of San Luis Obispo County between Morro Bay and Pismo Beach lies a scenic and sparsely populated stretch of shoreline. In 2007, a portion of the undersea and tidal habitats off the coast was designated for protection from fishing as part of California’s
network of 124 marine protected areas (MPAs). Point Buchon State Marine Reserve (SMR) protects all marine resources from take, starting at the mean high tide line and extending offshore. Continue reading “Exploring California’s Marine Protected Areas: Point Buchon State Marine Reserve and Point Buchon State Marine Conservation Area”
Overlooking Saunders Reef SMCA CDFW photo by S. Worden
From its gravel- and boulder-strewn shoreline, to the craggy bedrock of the intertidal that extends to an offshore reef and surrounding stands of
bull kelp, Saunders Reef State Marine Conservation Area (SMCA) is a location prized for its highly complex, diverse, and productive habitats. Saunders Reef SMCA and its regulations were adopted in 2010 by the California Fish and Game Commission (Commission) as part of California’s globally recognized Marine Protected Area (MPA) Network. It is one of the 124 marine protected areas (MPAs) established statewide from 2004 to 2012 during the implementation of the Marine Life Protection Act. Continue reading “Exploring California’s Marine Protected Areas: Saunders Reef State Marine Conservation Area”
What did 2021 look like for the California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s (CDFW’s) Marine Region? It was not the year many of us hoped for, with continued challenges to research, data collection, and management activities as the COVID-19 pandemic raged on. Two overviews that outline the hurdles we faced as well as last year’s accomplishments are now available in the
and its companion document, 2021 Year in Review . 2021 By the Numbers Continue reading “2021 “Year in Review” and “By the Numbers” Reports Now Available!”