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”

Exploring California’s Marine Protected Areas: Bodega Head State Marine Reserve and Bodega Head State Marine Conservation Area

 

Bodega Bay
Coastline overlooking Bodega Bay from the Bodega Head Trail, with Tomales Point in the distance
CDFW photo by A. Frimodig

The splendor and natural productivity of California’s coastal ocean waters is well known to locals and visitors alike. One of the more prominent features along the southern Sonoma County coastline is Bodega Head, a rugged headland located about 40 miles northwest of San Francisco. Continue reading “Exploring California’s Marine Protected Areas: Bodega Head State Marine Reserve and Bodega Head State Marine Conservation Area”

Exploring California’s Marine Protected Areas: Ten Mile Beach State Marine Conservation Area and Ten Mile State Marine Reserve

Winding along Highway 1 north of Fort Bragg takes you through coastal plains, patches of forest, and hidden dunes, with a glimpse of the ocean from time to time. As you approach the bridge that crosses Ten Mile River, the scenery suddenly opens up to a panoramic view of ocean and estuary in an area known simply as Ten Mile.

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Exploring California’s Marine Protected Areas: Soquel Canyon State Marine Conservation Area

Soquel Canyon State Marine Conservation Area (SMCA) lies deep within scenic, half moon-shaped Monterey Bay, where dark mysteries lure scientists and anglers alike. Continue reading “Exploring California’s Marine Protected Areas: Soquel Canyon State Marine Conservation Area”

2016 Master Plan for Marine Protected Areas Now Available

master plan cover

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife is pleased to announce the 2016 Master Plan for Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) is now available on CDFW’s Master Plan for Marine Protected Areas website.

Adopted by the California Fish and Game Commission at their August 24 meeting, the plan sets a statewide foundation for the MPA Management Program to meet the goals of the Marine Life Protection Act.

For more information about California’s MPAs, please visit the California MPA website.


post by CDFW Marine Region staff