MPA Mondays: Lovers Point

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Photo by Bob Aronson

Photo by Bob Aronson

Since the late 1800s, the beach at Lovers Point in Pacific Grove has been a popular spot for boating and swimming and in recent decades scuba divers have enjoyed the calm waters and diverse wildlife. Lovers Point Park has become Pacific Grove’s best-loved spot for picnics, painting, and scenic photography. Because of its unique east-facing location, it is also one of the only spots on the West Coast where you can watch the sun rise over the water.

In 2007, Lovers Point was chosen as one of the 29 Marine Protected Areas along the Central Coast of California.  The area was deemed a Marine Reserve, allowing no fishing or harvesting of any kind.  The boundaries extend from the western edge of the Monterey Bay Aquarium to Lover’s Point and includes the Hopkins Marine Station.

MPA Lovers Point

Photo by www.californiampas.org

The Monterey Peninsula includes extensive tidepools brimming with life. Its sandy beaches are used by pupping harbor seals, and dense kelp beds offshore provide shelter for sea otters. The Lovers Point State Marine Rerserve provides habitat for a variety of marine life, and includes kelp forest, beach, rocky intertidal, soft and hard bottom.

California’s marine protected areas are the perfect place for recreational and educational uses of the ocean.  You can enjoy kayaking, diving, snorkeling, and swimming in the calm waters of Lover’s Point.

Check out our video to find out more about Marine Protected Areas and see if you can spot Lover’s Point in the background.

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