The California Department of Fish and Game (DFG) is currently developing guide books that include maps, coordinates, shoreline boundary images, and regulations for California’s marine protected areas (MPAs) coastwide.
Two of the guide books are currently available through businesses, DFG offices, and other locations listed on the following Web pages:
Guide to the North-Central California Marine Protected Areas
Alder Creek, near Point Arena, Mendocino County to Pigeon Point, San Mateo County: Click here.
Guide to the Southern California Marine Protected Areas
Point Conception, Santa Barbara County to the U.S.-Mexico Border: Click here.
A guide book for the Central California MPAs (Pigeon Point, San Mateo County to Point Conception, Santa Barbara County) is currently only available online here. A print version may be distributed in early 2013.
A guide book for the newly established Northern California MPAs (Alder Creek, Mendocino County to the California-Oregon Border) is in development, and will be posted here when completed. A print version may be distributed in early 2013. Northern California MPAs are not scheduled to go into effect until early 2013. For more information about Northern California MPAs, please visit the website.
California MPAs form a statewide network designed to increase their effectiveness at protecting the state’s marine life, habitat and ecosystems. For more information visit the California MPA website here.