Giant Kelp and Bull Kelp Enhanced Status Report Now Available

A screenshot of the kelp Enhanced Status Report
The Giant Kelp and Bull Kelp Enhanced Status Report on the California Marine Species Portal
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The Giant Kelp and Bull Kelp Enhanced Status Report, or Kelp ESR, is now available on the California Marine Species Portal. The Kelp ESR is the first for marine algae species and one of 34 produced by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) since 2018 to help guide future fisheries management as required by the Marine Life Management Act Master Plan for Fisheries. Continue reading “Giant Kelp and Bull Kelp Enhanced Status Report Now Available”

California’s Ocean Habitats: The Rocky Intertidal Zone

Imagine a mystical world revealed when the gravitational forces from glowing celestial orbs peel back watery waves, uncovering pools teeming with life. Jewel-toned, flower-like animals gently sway in the currents, waiting for their next meal to float by. Continue reading “California’s Ocean Habitats: The Rocky Intertidal Zone”

Just Released: Two Scientific Reports Informing Marine Protected Area Network Management and Evaluation

California’s network of 124 marine protected areas (MPAs), completed in 2012, is approaching its 10-year anniversary. This milestone will be recognized by an inaugural MPA Decadal Management Review in 2022. Continue reading “Just Released: Two Scientific Reports Informing Marine Protected Area Network Management and Evaluation”

Sustainably Managing California’s Fisheries and Ecosystems During a Pandemic – Marine Region’s 2020 Year in Review and By the Numbers Reports

What did 2020 look like for the California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s (CDFW’s) Marine Region? The 2020 Year in Review is now available along with its companion document 2020 By the Numbers. These reports provide overviews of the hurdles the Marine Region faced and accomplishments we achieved last year. Continue reading “Sustainably Managing California’s Fisheries and Ecosystems During a Pandemic – Marine Region’s 2020 Year in Review and By the Numbers Reports”

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

Moonstone Beach Boardwalk
Moonstone Beach Boardwalk
CDFW photo by L. Slatoff

Along Highway 1 nestled between the cities of San Simeon and Cambria in San Luis Obispo County is a 5.8 mile stretch of beautiful coastline and the Cambria State Marine Conservation Area (SMCA).

Map of Cambria State Marine Conservation Area/State Marine Park
Cambria State Marine Conservation Area/State Marine Park* (click to enlarge)
CDFW map by Marine Region GIS Lab

Regulations for Cambria SMCA, and its neighbor to the south, White Rock SMCA, were adopted by the Fish and Game Commission in 2006 and went into effect in 2007 as part of the first regional implementation phase of the Marine Life Protection Act (MLPA). Passed in 1999, the MLPA mandated California create a science-based ecologically connected network of marine protected areas (MPAs). Continue reading “Exploring California’s Marine Protected Areas: Cambria State Marine Conservation Area”