San Luis Obispo County MPA Collaborative

SLO Collaborative LogoDiverse marine habitats are a hallmark of California’s central coast region, from sandy beaches and dune landscapes, to expansive estuaries and dense kelp forests. Many are safeguarded by state marine protected areas (MPAs), which aim to protect the abundance of marine life, the habitats on which they depend, and the integrity of marine ecosystems. California is home to a statewide network of 124 ecologically-connected MPAs, managed by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW). CDFW works with many partners, including a grassroots organization called the MPA Collaborative Network to effectively manage this expansive Network. The Collaborative Network engages diverse stakeholders and empowers coastal communities to advance ocean stewardship on a local level. Continue reading “San Luis Obispo County MPA Collaborative”

Sonoma County MPA Collaborative: Connecting Land and Sea

Sonoma MPA Collaborative Photo

Sonoma County offers some of California’s most iconic landscapes, from towering redwood trees to rolling hills blanketed by vineyards. The Sonoma coast is no exception, with sweeping views of crashing waves that shape the offshore, rocky sea stacks and mossy forests that extend nearly down to the water’s edge. There are 10 state marine protected areas (MPAs) along Sonoma’s coast that are a part of a larger statewide network of 124 MPAs, managed by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW). With such an extensive MPA Network, CDFW utilizes many partnerships to enhance network management activities. Among these core partners is a grassroots  organization called the MPA Collaborative Network, made up of 14 localized stakeholder groups individually known as Collaboratives. Continue reading “Sonoma County MPA Collaborative: Connecting Land and Sea”

Humboldt County MPA Collaborative

Humboldt County MPA Collaborative LogoHumboldt County is home to some of the most remote marine protected areas (MPAs) in California. Humboldt’s eight MPAs and two special closures are a part of the larger statewide network of 124 MPAs, managed by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW). They include the Reading Rock State Marine Reserve (SMR), South Humboldt Bay State Marine Recreational Management Area, and a trio of SMRs between Cape Mendocino and Punta Gorda. Continue reading “Humboldt County MPA Collaborative”

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A Model of Collaboration: The Orange County Marine Protected Area Council

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MPA sign created by OCMPAC
photo by A. Van Diggelen

With so much to experience within the five counties that hug the Southern California coastline—Santa Barbara, Ventura, Los Angeles, Orange, and San Diego—it’s no surprise that almost half the state’s population, around 18 million people, can be found living along this famously sun-filled stretch of coast. Despite the large volume of people, California implemented 50 marine protected areas (MPAs) off these coastal counties in 2012.

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Beyond Cannery Row: The Monterey Marine Protected Area Collaborative

Monterey MPA Collaborative members prepare to test their Trident underwater drone at Whaler’s Cove, Point Lobos
photo by C. Allison

Monterey has built its reputation on abundant marine resources and scenic bay waters. Visitors flock to see the sea otters, visit the world-renowned Monterey Bay Aquarium, and stroll along Steinbeck’s Cannery Row. Continue reading “Beyond Cannery Row: The Monterey Marine Protected Area Collaborative”