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

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, ...
Wags & Waves: An Opportunity to Honor California’s Wildlife Officers

Wags & Waves: An Opportunity to Honor California’s Wildlife Officers

A typical day at the Bali Hai Restaurant includes tables filled with excited tourists chowing down on Polynesian ...
New Report Identifies Gaps in MPA Outreach and Education in California

New Report Identifies Gaps in MPA Outreach and Education in California

“The recreational fishing community remains an underserved audience.” This is among a number of key findings ...
Party Boat Operators to Face Stiffer Penalties for Violations within MPAs

Party Boat Operators to Face Stiffer Penalties for Violations within MPAs

Large strides have recently been made to ensure the compliance of regulations within California’s network of MPAs. ...
Exploring California’s Marine Protected Areas: Morro Bay State Marine Recreational Management Area and Morro Bay State Marine Reserve

Exploring California’s Marine Protected Areas: Morro Bay State Marine Recreational Management Area and Morro Bay State Marine Reserve

As you drive on Highway 1 into Morro Bay, San Luis Obispo County, a towering rock comes into view marking the edge ...
Exploring California’s Marine Protected Areas: Point Dume State Marine Reserve and Point Dume State Marine Conservation Area

Exploring California’s Marine Protected Areas: Point Dume State Marine Reserve and Point Dume State Marine Conservation Area

Just over 30 miles due west of downtown Los Angeles, one of the world’s most popular coastal destinations — Malibu ...
How California’s sea stars are evolving past a devastating pandemic

How California’s sea stars are evolving past a devastating pandemic

In 2012, environmental systems graduate student Lauren Schiebelhut was collecting DNA from ochre sea stars living ...
Exploring California’s Marine Protected Areas: Soquel Canyon State Marine Conservation Area

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 ...
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