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
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.
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
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
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