Education & Outreach
2002 the California Fish and Game Commission established a network
of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) within the nearshore waters of
the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary (sanctuary). NOAA
expanded the MPA network into the sanctuary's deeper waters in 2006
The entire MPA network consists of 11 marine reserves where all
take and harvest is prohibited, and two marine conservation areas
that allow limited take of lobster and pelagic fish (see map)
MPA network encompass 241 square nautical miles (or 318 square miles)
making it the largest network off of the continental United States.
The Channel Islands MPA network is designed to:
and restore habitats and ecosystems.
a refuge for all sea life.
reference areas for research and educational opportunities.
our nation's marine natural heritage for future generations.
Effectiveness – the First Five Years (2003 to 2008)
The Sanctuary, California Department of Fish and Game, Channel
Islands National Park and the Partnership for Interdisciplinary
Studies of Coastal Oceans (PISCO) at the University of California,
Santa Barbara sponsored a public symposium on the first five years
of monitoring, enforcement and education programs for the Channel
Islands Marine Protected Area Network. For the report visit: www.dfg.ca.gov/marine/channel_islands/fiveyears.asp
MPA RELATED INFORMATION
Marine Protected Areas (MPAs)
page is intended to provide the public with basic information
about why MPAs are an important tool for resource protection and
an overview of both state and federally-designated MPAs. It was
created in partnership with the Monterey Bay Sanctuary Foundation,
the California Department of Fish and Game, and California State
California’s Marine Life Protection
Act (MLPA) Initiative
For information on the State of California’s MLPA
Initiative to reevaluate and redesign California’s system
of marine protected areas, please visit:www.dfg.ca.gov/mlpa
For more information, contact:
NOAA Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary
University of California Santa Barbara
Ocean Science Education Building 514, MC 6155
Santa Barbara, CA, 93106-6155