The loss of kelp and the critical marine habitat it represents was one factor in the effort to establish marine reserves.
Marine Protected Areas
State adopts expanded network of protected areas
The Monterey Bay Sanctuary Foundation is pleased to offer a series of three, 1-hour webinars, showcasing California's new underwater parks, our network of marine protected areas (MPAs). RSVP to Danielle Brown at firstname.lastname@example.org by April 16.
More than 350 square miles of ocean will
be protected under a network of marine reserves approved by the state Department of Fish & Game in December 2010. View the approved network (PDF)
The Ocean Protection Council has awarded $4 million to support initial monitoring of the newly designated South Coast marine protected areas (MPAs). The projects, which will collect baseline information for up to three years, will target marine life and habitats, as well as commercial and recreational activities, inside and outside the protected areas in the South Coast region from Point Conception in Santa Barbara County to the California/Mexico border. More information.