Tag Archives: MPA

Available Now: Southern California Marine Protected Area Baseline Technical Reports


Treefish cruises a rocky reef off Catalina Island

Baseline monitoring of Southern California’s marine protected areas (MPAs) concluded in the summer of 2014. Following an extensive review process involving all key partners (California Department of Fish and Wildlife, California Ocean Science Trust, California Ocean Protection Council, and California Sea Grant) the final technical reports detailing these baseline conditions are now available through California Sea Grant.

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New Kiosk at Pillar Point Harbor Provides Fishing Regulations, Information


Kiosk with fishing information at Pillar Point Harbor

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) in partnership with the San Mateo Marine Protected Area (MPA) Community Collaborative, the San Mateo Harbor District, and others, recently installed a new informational kiosk adjacent to the boat launch at the Pillar Point Harbor in San Mateo County. The kiosk will provide up-to-date information to recreational anglers before they head out on the water. Continue reading

Updating the Master Plan for Marine Protected Areas

statewide MPA network

California’s MPA network

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) plans to update the 2008 Master Plan for Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) this year. The updated 2015 Master Plan will be a guidance document that shifts the focus from designing and siting California’s MPA network to setting a statewide framework for MPA management. CDFW will welcome input on the updated 2015 Master Plan through a public process that starts at the Aug. 2015 meeting of the California Fish and Game Commission.

California is home to the largest scientifically designed network of MPAs in the United States. This accomplishment was the result of the State Legislature passing the Marine Life Protection Act (MLPA) Continue reading

CDFW and Partners to Release Baseline Data and Reports for Southern California Marine Protected Areas

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In the summer of 2014, researchers wrapped up their projects determining the baseline conditions of southern California’s collection of marine protected areas (MPAs). With initial scientific baseline monitoring  studies now completed, CDFW staff and partners plan to release baseline data and reports for the south coast MPAs in spring 2015. The baseline monitoring reports will be available to the public on the OceanSpaces website.

Baseline monitoring establishes a benchmark, or starting point, for both the ecological and socioeconomic conditions Continue reading

Monitoring the Progress of Marine Protected Areas


Garibaldi and opaleye in southern California MPA

In 1999, the California Legislature passed the Marine Life Protection Act mandating the redesign of California’s system of marine protected areas (MPAs). From 2004 to 2012, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) successfully implemented 119 new or redesigned MPAs, as well as five state marine recreational management areas and 15 special closures. To aid in the planning process, the state was split into five distinct regions that were each completed in turn. Because of this incremental approach, each region is now in a different phase of MPA monitoring. Continue reading