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 →
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 →
Are you looking for an engaging read to help alleviate the stress of the holidays? If your interests include the care and conservation of California’s ocean resources, you might want to take a look at the special marine issue of California Fish and Game, California’s longest-running, continuously published scientific journal. The Spring 2014 issue contains reviews and study results focusing on the plants and animals that live in California’s marine environments.
This special issue covers a broad selection of topics, from aerial sardine surveys, to hagfish trap gear, to an overview of California’s marine protected area network and more, in papers authored by California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) marine scientists, past and present. Continue reading →
California’s coast wide marine protected area (MPA) network was established on a regional basis from 2007-2012, and has now been in place for two years. The California Department of Fish and Wildlife works with various partners on MPA monitoring efforts, which are now underway across the state. If you’d like to learn more about these efforts, information can be found on the California Department of Fish and Wildlife website, or join in a special event “10 Days of MPAs” hosted by Ocean Spaces where daily updates from the monitoring community at large will be posted December 8-19.
post by Elizabeth Pope, CDFW Environmental Scientist ♦ CDFW photo by A. Maguire
For the latest information on fishing regulations, marine resources, and news affecting our California coastline, your first stop should be the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) website. This comprehensive information source contains well over 2,000 marine-related web pages and documents readily available to the public. If you are new to this website, we invite you to explore the valuable resources Continue reading →