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Exploring California’s Marine Protected Areas: Asilomar State Marine Reserve

Exploring California’s Marine Protected Areas: Asilomar State Marine Reserve

After taking a virtual walk along Monterey Bay’s Coastal Recreation Trail through the California Department of ...
MPA Watch 2020 annual reports are available!

MPA Watch 2020 annual reports are available!

MPA Watch annual reports for the period starting January 1, 2020 and ending December 31, 2020 are now available on ...
The West Coast Ocean Tribal Caucus Releases Tribal Engagement Guidance Document

The West Coast Ocean Tribal Caucus Releases Tribal Engagement Guidance Document

The West Coast Ocean Tribal Caucus is pleased to announce the release of “Guidance and Responsibilities for ...
CDFW Wildlife Officer Works with Multiple Agencies to Stop Suspected Abalone Poachers in the Act

CDFW Wildlife Officer Works with Multiple Agencies to Stop Suspected Abalone Poachers in the Act

On the night of Jan. 30, 2021, a California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) law enforcement officer based ...
Evidence that spillover from Marine Protected Areas benefits the spiny lobster (Panulirus interruptus) fishery in southern California

Evidence that spillover from Marine Protected Areas benefits the spiny lobster (Panulirus interruptus) fishery in southern California

Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) are designed to enhance biodiversity and ecosystem services. Some MPAs are also ...
California Marine Sanctuary Foundation releases fifth content packet for the MPA Social Media Campaign

California Marine Sanctuary Foundation releases fifth content packet for the MPA Social Media Campaign

Content from the California Marine Sanctuary Foundation: We are excited to be sending out the fifth content packet ...
Marine Protected Areas: Research & Monitoring

Marine Protected Areas: Research & Monitoring

Are marine protected areas working?In order to understand whether marine protected areas (MPAs) are doing their ...
MPA update: A deep dive into the mid-depth rocky reef

MPA update: A deep dive into the mid-depth rocky reef

Just beyond California’s kelp forests, patches of rock and sandy seafloor stretch from about 100 feet to over 300 ...
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