**This blog entry orginally appeared on the website oceanspaces.org.**/p>
The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) would like to share a handful of marine protected area (MPA) short stories, facts, updates, and important management information with you!
- Anacapa Island State Marine Reserve and South La Jolla State Marine Reserve are the first two MPAs to be highlighted in a new and recurring series entitled Exploring California’s MPAs.
- Readers can gain insight on baseline monitoring activities in the North Coast region MPAs with this short status report.
- Did you know nearly all research and educational activities require a scientific collecting permit, even if your activity is intentionally non-lethal? Find out more information about the importance and necessity of scientific collecting permits, especially in MPAs, here.
- To quickly learn where your local MPAs are located, simply follow this link to learn about the valuable mapping materials produced by CDFWs geographic information system lab.
- Learn about the new distance learning program that’s helping students discover the California MPA network.
- Discover the research being done in the deeper waters of our MPAs using a remotely operated vehicle.
Check back to CDFW’s Marine Management News Blog regularly for the next posting, or subscribe and ensure you stay up to date!
Post by Amanda Van Diggelen, CDFW Environmental Scientist