On Feb 16, 2012 our Baykeeper MPA Watch crew set out determined that this morning’s prevailing winds would smooth out the western swell. Bags packed and GPS units in hand, we were ready to both take data on MPA use, and photograph landmarks in order to clearly depict the Point Dume MPA boundary lines in brochures we are assembling for fishermen and the public. Once out of the marina jetty, we quickly realized that the N/North East winds were not in our favor, and would in fact impede safe and short travel to our westerly destination. Back to the marina we go….
A Marine Protected Area (MPA) is an area of the ocean where consumptive human activities such as fishing are limited or restricted in order to protect or conserve marine life or habitats.
On land, we have National Parks, National Forests, Reserves, etc. Marine Protected Areas provide similar protection to small areas in the ocean.
There are Two Types of Marine Protected Areas:
1. State Marine Reserve (SMR) – Prohibits removal of ALL marine life. “No-take” zones
2. State Marine Conservation Area (SMCA) – Makes some exceptions for limited take. Some are “No-take” zones.
Santa Monica Bay MPA Map
Catalina Island MPA Map
Welcome to LA Waterkeeper’s MPA Watch Blog
Here you will find information and updates about our weekly MPA Watch monitoring and outreach excursions. For general information about the MPA Watch program, contact Brian Meux firstname.lastname@example.org. For information regarding Marine Protected Areas maps, outreach at local businesses, or to join us as an MPA Watch volunteer please contact email@example.com. For information regarding Marine Protected Areas outreach at schools, and residences, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.