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CA Marine Protected Areas Poster Now Available

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife has completed a interpretive poster for the California Marine Protected Area (MPA) network. The 26- x 36-inch full-color poster provides an informal introduction to the network, and features satellite imagery as well as photos of marine animals and habitats protected within MPAs. The poster is designed to give the public a first introduction to the California MPA network, and is not meant for navigational or regulatory use. Passed by the California State Legislature in 1999, the Marine Life […]

Exciting Diving Off Anacapa: Celebrating Eel Encounters

“Blub, blub — oooe‚ — ooooooh, glub!” With the excellent visibility, it was easy to see my dive buddy wildly waving her arms in an excited attempt to get my attention. I’ve seen this many times, and even from afar I can tell it means “excitement” rather than “distress.” I really appreciate when another diver wants to show me something underwater, so I quickly made my way over to her. As I searched the area, looking into a small crevice I noticed what she was […]

Tell the Preservation Success Stories

While I think we should always be presented with the bad news so that we can act to reverse the negative, we must also accentuate the success stories, places where we have done right by nature.  In my nearly 40 years of diving I have seen the California seas do some pretty wild oscillations within marine life populations, unfortunately, many of them downward. But here I want to emphasize the success stories because they reinforce what we can do (or not do) to improve the […]

North Central Coast Marine Protected Areas Now In Effect

Twenty-one marine protected areas (MPAs) adopted last year by the California Fish and Game Commission took effect May 1, 2010 along California’s north-central coast. The new regulations are being implemented as part of the Marine Life Protection Act (MLPA), which requires that California reexamine and redesign its system of MPAs with the goal of increasing its effectiveness at protecting the states marine life and habitats, marine ecosystems and marine natural heritage. Regulations for the north-central coast MPAs, between Alder Creek, near Point Arena in Mendocino […]

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