**This blog entry orginally appeared on the website oceanspaces.org.**/p>
Recognized as one of the most productive and dynamic ecosystems in the world, South Coast kelp forests and rocky reefs are home to a host of recreationally and commercially important species and are a favorite destination for marine life enthusiasts.
Today, we’re excited to share the second report in the South Coast Snapshot Series:
From 2011-2012, researchers and citizen scientists conducted over 250 surveys from Point Conception to San Diego, as part of two projects in the state-funded South Coast MPA Baseline Program: one led by Reef Check California and the other led by Vantuna Research Group and PISCO. Monitoring conducted during the baseline period covered all MPAs in the region that contain this biologically diverse ecosystem.
The Kelp and Shallow Rock Snapshot Report illustrates how these baseline projects have expanded on current information and knowledge, including species distributions, community structure, changes observed in the Northern Channel Islands MPAs, and connections between MPA monitoring and regional water quality research. We hope you find it informative and useful.
Click here to see last month’s Rocky Intertidal Snapshot Report. Coming soon: Sandy Beaches Snapshot!
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