Tag Archives: MPA

Innovative Distance Learning Program Helps Students Discover the California MPA Network

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PORTS interpreter, Crystal Cove State Park

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife and California State Parks have teamed up to teach California students about the state’s network of marine protected areas (MPAs). Through the power of live videoconferencing and online interactive lessons, thousands of students are now learning about California’s MPAs. The lessons showcase the important role that individual MPAs, and the MPA network as a whole, play in safeguarding California’s marine resources. Continue reading

Exploring California’s Marine Protected Areas: South La Jolla State Marine Reserve

South La Jolla State Marine Reserve

South La Jolla State Marine Reserve

A biological hotspot resides off California’s southern coast at La Jolla, characterized by dense kelp forests, surfgrass beds, hard- and soft-bottom deep water habitats, and both sandy beaches and rocky shores. To protect this ecologically diverse area, the California Fish and Game Commission adopted the South La Jolla State Marine Reserve (SMR) as a marine protected area (MPA) in January 2012. Continue reading

Marine Protected Area Overviews Now Available Online

MPA overview sheet

MPA Overview sheet

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife would like to announce a new outreach and education tool for California’s marine protected areas (MPAs). Each MPA now has its own “MPA Overview” sheet, which succinctly summarizes site-specific information including key habitats, maps, regulations, MPA goals and objectives, and related links (see example). The double-sided MPA Overview sheets provide a snapshot of each MPA and are a great resource for quickly “getting to know an MPA,” accessing regulations, and developing partner outreach products. MPA Overview sheets are available for viewing Continue reading

Maps — Essential Tools for Understanding the Boundaries of California’s Marine Protected Areas

CDFW maps, guidebooks, brochures, and web applicationsWith the creation or revision of over 100 marine protected areas (MPAs) in California since 2007, determining where MPA boundaries begin or end can be a challenge for the casual, infrequent angler and the seasoned mariner alike. Fortunately, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) produces a multitude of products to help everyone find their way while enjoying the State’s bounty of natural marine resources. Continue reading

Remotely Operated Vehicle Provides a Deep Water Window into California’s MPAs

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Copper rockfish and red gorgonian coral, Anacapa Island State Marine Reserve

Throughout 2014, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) and Marine Applied Research and Exploration (MARE) engaged in deep-water habitat surveys off the California coast using a remotely operated vehicle (ROV). MARE’s ROV Beagle was deployed twice in Southern California and once in northern California, kicking off an unprecedented three-year, statewide survey of marine protected areas (MPAs) and nearby, comparable rocky habitats. Continue reading