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MPAs: Rockfish’s Best Friend

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There are 29 Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) on the Central Coast alone. An MPA is an ecosystem or area of the ocean that has been set aside to protect or conserve marine life and habitat. By limiting or restricting the take of marine animals and plants in these areas, we can protect the ecosystem as a whole.

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Underwater Parks Day

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Did you know that this Saturday, January 17, is Underwater Parks Day? The celebration was created with the purpose of educating people about the importance of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs). MPAs have emerged as an essential tool in the protection of the world’s ocean from the threats of overfishing, pollution, climate change and destruction of […]

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MPA Mondays: More Fish, Bigger Fish, More Sex

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Attempting to explain what a Marine Protected Area (MPA) is or why it is important can be extremely challenging—especially when your audience lives far away from the beach or local MPAs are not easily accessible. For that reason, we were delighted to stumble upon a new illustrated guide written by Amelia Urry and posted on […]

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Tour MPAs Without Getting Wet

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Visiting California’s marine protected areas (or MPAs) has never been easier, thanks to the California Marine Sanctuary Foundation‘s new online Central Coast MPA Tour.

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MPA Mondays: Lights, Camera, Point Lobos

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Locals and tourists flock to Point Lobos for a variety of reasons—from the picturesque scenery, to the abundant wildlife, to the prime SCUBA diving. But did you know that in the early to mid-20th century, Point Lobos was also a popular film location? At least 47 films have been shot at the site. Some filmmakers […]

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MPA Mondays: Portuguese Ledge and Soquel Canyon

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In our final installment of MPA Mondays, we explore Portuguese Ledge and Soquel Canyon. Both marine protected areas are home to a wide variety of species and serve an important role in the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. Fishing and take of all living marine resources is prohibited in the Portuguese Ledge State Marine Conservation […]

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MPA Mondays: Big Creek and Point Sur

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Since the early-20th century, Big Sur’s stunning natural beauty has attracted people from all walks of life—from writers, to artists, to movie stars. But did you know that Big Sur is also home to two of the 29 marine protected areas (MPAs)? Created to protect the diversity and abundance of marine life, the habitats they […]

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Upcoming Events

Oct
1
Sun
9:00 am Cleanup Cowells Project @ Cleanup Cowell's
Cleanup Cowells Project @ Cleanup Cowell's
Oct 1 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Cleanup Cowells Project @ Cleanup Cowell's | Santa Cruz | California | United States
Save Our Shores bi-monthly Cleanup Cowell’s Project has kicked into gear! Start your Sunday off with a beach cleanup, and leave energized and ready to enjoy your day. These cleanups are always fun, engaging, and[...]
Oct
14
Sat
10:00 am Sand City Beach Cleanup @ Sand City Beach
Sand City Beach Cleanup @ Sand City Beach
Oct 14 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Sand City Beach Cleanup @ Sand City Beach | Sand City | California | United States
Join us for the Monterey Monthly Beach Cleanup at Sand City Beach in Marina, CA. This expansive stretch of coastline is home to a vast network of critical dune habitat for all sorts of wildlife.[...]
Oct
15
Sun
9:00 am Cleanup Cowells Project @ Cleanup Cowell's
Cleanup Cowells Project @ Cleanup Cowell's
Oct 15 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Cleanup Cowells Project @ Cleanup Cowell's | Santa Cruz | California | United States
Save Our Shores bi-monthly Cleanup Cowell’s Project has kicked into gear! Start your Sunday off with a beach cleanup, and leave energized and ready to enjoy your day. These cleanups are always fun, engaging, and[...]

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