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MPA Community Compliance Forum

The MPA Collaborative Network held Community Compliance Forums for each coastal county as part of a multi-year Compliance Initiative funded by the Ocean Protection Council. The Forums provided space for local stakeholders to voice their MPA, ocean, and coastal compliance concerns and brainstorm ideas to address those concerns. 

MPA Exhibit

The Santa Cruz MPA Collaborative worked with the Santa Cruz Children’s Museum of Discovery to integrate engaging, interactive, multi-media exhibits with understandable, user-friendly MPA educational content. The museum created an original interactive map of the local MPAs with content questions, which the visitor answers by pushing buttons that light up the correct answer.

MPA Mobile Cart

The Collaborative worked with Natural Bridges State Park on the development of a mobile cart that park docents use to facilitate MPA education. Components of the cart include brochures and pamphlets, educational MPA posters, curated skulls of adult and juvenile sea otters, a photo album of local tidepool inhabitants, interactive materials for children such as MPA Pledge postcards, beach treasure hunt, beach bingo, MPA activity booklet, as well as several items for children to touch and explore including a synthetic giant green anemone figure.

Docents and staff use the cart to speak with visitors about a myriad of topics and themes relating to Marine Protected Areas, including the importance of protecting the marine shoreline, local invertebrate diversity, beach safety, explaining how tides affect marine life, and increasing general awareness and understanding of MPAs.

Mobile App Tour

Mobile Ranger created and promoted a mobile App Tour for five beaches in Santa Cruz County that are part of a Marine Protected Area (MPA). Mobile Ranger’s mission is to help create deep connections between people and the places where they live or visit. They accomplish this by telling compelling stories of place that are designed to reach and inspire a 21st-century audience. The stories were put together in collaboration with multiple Santa Cruz Collaborative partners, including State Parks, Save our Shores, California Marine Sanctuary Foundation, and University of California, Santa Cruz scientists.

MPA Outreach Toolkits

The Santa Cruz Collaborative revised and printed existing Santa Cruz region MPA materials and provided them to Collaborative partners to use at their visitor centers, businesses and at events throughout the year. Materials updated through the Small Grants Program are linked below. Additional resources included in the Toolkits are freely available on the California MPAs website and can be used to create mix-and-match MPA Outreach Toolkits that fit various needs.

General Rules for MPAs

For the most up to date information on general rules for MPAs, visit https://wildlife.ca.gov/Conservation/Marine/MPAs/Network/Central-California .

Access (CCR Title 14, Section 632 (a)(4))

Access into marine protected areas or marine managed areas for non-consumptive uses including but not limited to swimming, surfing, diving, boating, hiking and walking is allowed unless otherwise specified in individual MPA regulations.

Introduction of Species (CCR Title 14, Section 632 (a)(5))

Unless authorized by the commission or as a result of authorized fishing activities, the release of any fish or wildlife species, including domestic or domesticated species, or the introduction of any plant species, is prohibited. The department may reintroduce endemic species to marine protected areas or marine managed areas for management purposes.

Anchoring (CCR Title 14, Section 632 (a)(7))

Vessels shall be allowed to anchor in any marine protected area or marine managed area with catch onboard unless otherwise specified in individual MPA regulations. Fishing gear shall not be deployed in the water while anchored in a state marine reserve. Fishing gear, except legal fishing gear used to take species identified as allowed for take in individual MPA regulations, shall not be deployed in the water while anchored in a state marine recreational management area, state marine park or state marine conservation area. Anchoring regulations shall be consistent with federal law and allowances made for anchoring required by emergency or severe weather.

Transit or Drifting (CCR Title 14, Section 632 (a)(8))

Vessels shall be allowed to transit through MPAs and marine managed areas (MMAs) with catch onboard. Fishing gear shall not be deployed in the water while transiting through a state marine reserve. Fishing gear, except legal fishing gear used to take species identified as allowed for take in individual MPA regulations, shall not be deployed in the water while transiting through a state marine recreational management area, state marine park or state marine conservation area.

Spearfishermen with or without catch shall be allowed to transit through MPAs and MMAs. While transiting areas that prohibit spearfishing or while in possession of species not identified as allowed for take in the area being transited, spearfishing gear shall be in an unloaded condition, not carried in hand, and the diver shall remain at the surface.

Water Quality Monitoring (CCR Title 14, Section 632 (a)(9))

Sampling of water, sediment and marine life, for water quality monitoring or pollution research, or as required in a Monitoring and Reporting Program of a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Permit and Waste Discharge Requirements issued by the State or Regional Water Boards pursuant to the United States Clean Water Act and the California Water Code, is allowed within state marine reserves, state marine conservation areas, state marine parks, and state marine recreational management areas pursuant to a valid scientific collecting permit issued by the department.

Public Safety (CCR Title 14, Section 632 (a)(10))

Public safety activities, including installation, maintenance and/or seasonal placement and removal of safety-related artificial structures, including but not limited to lifeguard towers, are allowed within any MPA classification pursuant to any required federal, state and local permits, or as otherwise authorized by the department.

Tribal Take (CCR Title 14, Section 632 (a)(11))

“Federally recognized tribe” means any tribe on the List of Indian Entities Recognized and Eligible to Receive Services from the United States Bureau of Indian Affairs, published annually in the Federal Register. Any member of a federally recognized tribe authorized to take living marine resources from an area with area-specific take restrictions in individual MPA regulations, when engaging in take within an authorized area shall possess on his person, in his immediate possession, or where otherwise specifically required by law to be kept, any valid license, report card, tag, stamp, validation, permit, or any other entitlement that is required in the Fish and Game Code, or required by other state, federal, or local entities, in order to take living marine resources. Members shall possess a valid photo identification card issued by a federally recognized tribe that contains expiration date, tribal name, tribal member number, name, signature, date of birth, height, color of eyes, color of hair, weight, and sex; and display any of the items listed above upon demand to any peace officer. Members taking living marine resources under this provision are subject to current seasonal, bag, possession, gear and size limits in existing Fish and Game Code statutes and regulations of the Commission, except as otherwise provided for in individual MPA regulations. No member, while taking living marine resources, may be assisted by any person who does not possess a valid tribal identification card and is not properly licensed to take living marine resources. Nothing in the regulation is intended to conflict with, or supersede, any state or federal law regarding the take of protected, threatened or endangered species.

Shore Fishing (CCR Title 14, Section (a)(12))

Take from shore, or shore fishing, means take of living marine resources from shore, including beaches, banks, piers, jetties, breakwaters, docks, and other man-made structures connected to the shore. Unless specifically authorized in individual MPA regulations, no vessel, watercraft (motorized or non-motorized), or floating device may be used to assist in the take, transport or possession of species taken while shore fishing, except that a float tube or similar flotation device may be used when taking abalone only.

Santa Cruz MPAs

Año Nuevo State Marine Reserve

This reserve is divided by county lines and resides in both San Mateo and Santa Cruz County. 

Boundary: This area is bounded by the mean high tide line and a distance of 200 feet seaward of mean lower low water between the following two points:

37° 10.000′ N. lat. 122° 21.800′ W. long.; and
37° 08.725′ N. lat. 122° 21.000′ W. long.

The area then continues southward bounded by the mean high tide line and straight lines connecting the following points in the order listed:

37° 08.725′ N. lat. 122° 21.000′ W. long.;
37° 04.700′ N. lat. 122° 21.000′ W. long.;
37° 04.700′ N. lat. 122° 16.062′ W. long.; and
37° 04.742′ N. lat. 122° 16.026′ W. long.

Permitted/Prohibited Uses: It is unlawful to injure, damage, take, or possess any living, geological, or cultural marine resource.

Greyhound Rock State Marine Reserve

Boundary: This area is bounded by the mean high tide line, the three nautical mile offshore boundary and straight lines connecting the following points in the order listed except where noted:

37° 04.742′ N. lat. 122° 16.026′ W. long.;
37° 04.700′ N. lat. 122° 16.062′ W. long.;
37° 04.700′ N. lat. 122° 21.000′ W. long.;
37° 03.520′ N. lat. 122° 21.000′ W. long.; thence southward along the three nautical mile offshore boundary to
37° 02.570′ N. lat. 122° 18.963′ W. long.; and
37° 02.570′ N. lat. 122° 13.989′ W. long.

Permitted/Prohibited Uses:

  1. It is unlawful to injure, damage, take, or possess any living, geological, or cultural marine resource for recreational and/or commercial purposes, with the following specified exceptions:
    1. The recreational take of giant kelp (Macrocystis pyrifera) by hand harvest only, market squid, salmon, and, by hook-and-line from shore only, other finfish is allowed.
    2. The commercial take of giant kelp (Macrocystis pyrifera) by hand harvest only, salmon, and market squid is allowed. Not more than five percent by weight of any commercial market squid catch landed or possessed shall be other incidentally taken species.
Natural Bridges State Marine Reserve

Boundary: This area is bounded by the mean high tide line and a distance of 200 feet seaward of mean lower low water between the following two points:

36° 57.912′ N. lat. 122° 07.650′ W. long.; and
36° 57.015′ N. lat. 122° 03.504′ W. long.

Permitted/Prohibited Uses: It is unlawful to injure, damage, take, or possess any living, geological, or cultural marine resource.

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