ocean habitats

MPA Monitoring Webinar Series: Ask the Researcher

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!

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”

Exploring California’s Marine Protected Areas: Point Buchon State Marine Reserve and Point Buchon State Marine Conservation Area

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”

Now Available! Marine Protected Area Long-Term Monitoring Project Reports

Rocky intertidal habitat survey
Rocky intertidal habitat survey
CDFW photo by C. Shen

The first outcomes from long-term monitoring of California’s Marine Protected Area (MPA) Network are now available online in seven technical reports, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, California Ocean Protection Council, and California Sea Grant have announced. Continue reading “Now Available! Marine Protected Area Long-Term Monitoring Project Reports”

Now Available! Key Themes Summary from 2021 MPA Community Meetings

MPA  Key Themes Summary documentIn fall 2021, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW), in partnership with the Ocean Protection Council, hosted a series of four public Community Meetings. The meetings were held both to inform California’s ocean community about the upcoming Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) Decadal Management Review, and to receive public input on the process.

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Exploring California’s Marine Protected Areas: Egg (Devil’s Slide) Rock to Devil’s Slide Special Closure

view of Egg Rock from the mainland
View of Egg Rock from the mainland
photo by P. Gonzales

In 1986, a devastating oil spill wiped out an entire population of more than 3,000 common murres nesting on Egg Rock off the coast of San Mateo County. But this restoration story has a happy ending – over the last quarter century, the common murre population here has rebounded to more than 2,000 birds. Read on to find out how state and federal interventions assisted in this comeback… Continue reading “Exploring California’s Marine Protected Areas: Egg (Devil’s Slide) Rock to Devil’s Slide Special Closure”