Exploring California’s Marine Protected Areas: Sea Lion Cove State Marine Conservation Area

The Point Arena Lighthouse is a popular landmark to visit along California’s picturesque Mendocino Coast. Standing 115 feet above the flat coastal prairie, the lighthouse rises from the headland’s edge, bravely overlooking the pounding waves below. Continue reading “Exploring California’s Marine Protected Areas: Sea Lion Cove State Marine Conservation Area”

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Celebrating 50 Years of Protection at Fitzgerald Marine Reserve

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Visitors engrossed in the tidepools at Fitzgerald Marine Reserve
CDFW photo by C. Shen

The Fitzgerald Marine Reserve, located along the California coast just north of Half Moon Bay in Moss Beach, is a place that has inspired people since the first Native Americans inhabited the area thousands of years ago. Continue reading “Celebrating 50 Years of Protection at Fitzgerald Marine Reserve”

Northern Channel Islands Marine Protected Areas Join Growing Network of Global Ocean Refuges

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The Marine Conservation Institute and its international science council has recognized the Northern Channel Islands marine protected areas (MPAs) off the coast of Santa Barbara, California as an outstanding MPA with a Blue Park designation. Continue reading “Northern Channel Islands Marine Protected Areas Join Growing Network of Global Ocean Refuges”

Exploring California’s Marine Protected Areas: Big River Estuary State Marine Conservation Area

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Kayaker at Big River Estuary State Marine Conservation Area
photo by L. Kashiwada

Big River Estuary State Marine Conservation Area (SMCA) is a small marine protected area located just south of the town of Mendocino. It covers less than a quarter square mile of estuary habitat along 1.3 miles of riverbank east of the Highway 1 bridge. Continue reading “Exploring California’s Marine Protected Areas: Big River Estuary State Marine Conservation Area”

Exploring California’s Marine Protected Areas: Reading Rock State Marine Conservation Area and Reading Rock State Marine Reserve

Imagine cruising along Highway 101, enjoying one of California’s most scenic drives north of San Francisco. As the hustle and bustle of California’s Golden Gate City falls far behind, the scenery changes from developed cityscapes Continue reading “Exploring California’s Marine Protected Areas: Reading Rock State Marine Conservation Area and Reading Rock State Marine Reserve”