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Waves and Wildlife Photo Contest

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GET OUT YOUR CAMERAS, it’s time for the Save Our Shores’ Waves and Wildlife Photo Contest! You like snapping beautiful photos of scenic places and majestic wildlife found along the Monterey Bay’s network of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) and we want to see them. But first, did you know that there are 29 MPAs along the Monterey […]

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MPA Mondays: New Study Says Recovery Takes Time

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A new study of the Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) located between San Francisco and Morro Bay suggests that central California’s MPAs may eventually produce more and larger fishes than areas open to fishing, but the benefits could take time to accrue.

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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: Our New MPA Passport

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Getting people excited about Marine Protected Areas can be challenging, since they are located offshore and are, therefore, not easily accessible. To help educate local youth about the 29 Central Coast MPAs, we created a learning tool called the MPA Passport.

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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: Point Sur Lightstation

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The Point Sur Lightstation turned 125 on August 1! Throughout its long history, the lightstation—located just 40 minutes south of Carmel—has kept ships from crashing into the rocky shoreline. And since September 2007, it has also marked the northernmost boundary of the Point Sur State Marine Reserve and the Point Sur State Marine Conservation Area. […]

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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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Upcoming Events

Dec
3
Sun
9:00 am Davenport Main Beach Cleanup @ Davenport Main Beach
Davenport Main Beach Cleanup @ Davenport Main Beach
Dec 3 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Davenport Main Beach Cleanup @ Davenport Main Beach | Davenport | California | United States
Join Save Our Shores for our monthly cleanup at Davenport Main Beach! Come out and show your support for a healthy marine environment on the first Sunday of each month (November 5th and December 3rd).[...]
Dec
9
Sat
10:00 am Moss Landing State Beach Cleanup @ Moss Landing State Beach
Moss Landing State Beach Cleanup @ Moss Landing State Beach
Dec 9 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Moss Landing State Beach Cleanup @ Moss Landing State Beach | California | United States
Join us for the Monterey Monthly Beach Cleanup at the gates of the Monterey Submarine Canyon. Moss Landing State Beach takes you on the narrow spit between the largest tidal salt marsh in California (besides San[...]
Dec
17
Sun
9:00 am Cleanup Cowell Beach with the Dr... @ Cowell Beach
Cleanup Cowell Beach with the Dr... @ Cowell Beach
Dec 17 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Cleanup Cowell Beach with the Dream Inn @ Cowell Beach | Santa Cruz | California | United States
Save Our Shores is teaming up with the Dream Inn  at Cowell Beach! Join our community of dedicated environmental stewards and spend your Sunday morning cleaning up one of our most visited beaches. MEET UP[...]

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