Tag Archives: MPA

Don’t Forget the Scientific Collecting Permit!


Researchers catalog biodiversity at Pyramid Point State Marine Conservation Area in northern California.

Did you know that a scientific collecting permit (SCP) may be required for non-lethal research or educational activities, such as installing scientific equipment or conducting docent-led tidepool surveys for school groups? In fact, nearly all research and many educational activities carried out in California marine waters, especially in marine protected areas (MPAs), require this permit. Continue reading

Exploring California’s Marine Protected Areas: Anacapa Island State Marine Reserve

Off the coast of the densely populated Los Angeles metropolitan area resides one of California’s great wildlife treasures: the Northern Channel Islands.  Often considered the “Galapagos of North America” this small archipelago hosts one of the most diverse ecosystems in the world. Continue reading

Baseline Monitoring of Northern California’s Marine Protected Areas: A Status Report

A regional network of marine protected areas (MPAs) was implemented on California’s north coast in December 2012, following a science-based and stakeholder driven process that began in 2009. The north coast MPA region extends from the California-Oregon border south to Alder Creek (Mendocino Continue reading

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