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MPA Outreach Materials

As the lead managing agency for California's Marine Protected Area Network, CDFW's outreach goals are to increase MPA awareness and understanding, facilitate MPA regulatory compliance, support enforcement, and encourage informed enjoyment and stewardship of MPAs. The following selection of MPA outreach materials was created with these goals in mind.


MPA Videos

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The California MPA Network: Safeguarding an Underwater Wilderness

California's marine protected areas (MPAs) are home to a breathtaking diversity of ocean and estuarine habitats and species. Learn how MPAs work, about the resources they protect, and about the people on the front lines involved in making them a success.

 

MPA Posters

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MPA Habitats and Species Poster

This interpretive poster contains a vibrant illustration showcasing some of the many habitats and species likely to benefit from MPA protections in California. The back side of the poster includes a key to help identify marine and estuarine species and information about California’s MPA Network.

Organizations that serve the public may order free hard copies of the poster by contacting CDFW Marine Region at AskMPA@Wildlife.ca.gov. Note that quantities may be limited.

 


 

California MPA Network Poster

MPA Network Poster

This interpretive poster provides an introduction to the California MPA Network. It features satellite imagery as well as photographs and descriptions of marine habitat protected within MPAs.

Organizations that serve the public may order free hard copies of the poster by contacting CDFW Marine Region at AskMPA@Wildlife.ca.gov. Note that quantities may be limited.

MPA Guidebooks and Brochures

Interpretive brochure about the California MPA network

MPA Network Interpretive Brochure

This brochure provides information about the statewide MPA Network, MPAs around the world, the science behind MPAs, and how the California Department of Fish and Wildlife is managing the MPA Network for the future. The inside of this brochure contains a vibrant illustration featuring some of the many habitats and species likely to benefit from MPAs in California.

Brochure: link opens in new windowMPA Network Interpretive Brochure (PDF)

Organizations that serve the public may order free hard copies of the brochure by contacting CDFW Marine Region at AskMPA@Wildlife.ca.gov. Note that quantities may be limited.

 

Northern CA MPA brochure  

Northern California Marine Protected Areas

California/Oregon Border to Alder Creek near Point Arena (Mendocino County)
Established December 19, 2012

link opens in new windowGuide to the Northern California Marine Protected Areas (PDF)
Updated March 1, 2016 - 4.3 MB
Find the location nearest you to pick up your copy of this guide.

Brochure: link opens in new windowCalifornia Marine Protected Areas - Northern California (PDF)

 

NorthCentral CA MPA brochure  

North Central California Marine Protected Areas

Alder Creek near Point Arena (Mendocino County) to Pigeon Point (San Mateo County)
Established May 1, 2010

link opens in new windowGuide to the North Central California Marine Protected Areas (PDF)
Updated March 1, 2016 - 5.2 MB
Find the location nearest you to pick up your copy of this guide.

Brochure: link opens in new windowCalifornia Marine Protected Areas - North Central California (PDF)

 

Central CA MPA brochure  

Central California Marine Protected Areas

Pigeon Point (San Mateo County) to Point Conception (Santa Barbara County)
Established September 21, 2007

link opens in new windowGuide to the Central California Marine Protected Areas (PDF)
Updated March 1, 2016 - 4.7 MB
Find the location nearest you to pick up your copy of this guide.

Brochure: link opens in new windowCalifornia Marine Protected Areas - Central California (PDF)

 

Southern CA MPA brochure  

Southern California Marine Protected Areas

Point Conception (Santa Barbara County) to the California/Mexico Border
Established January 1, 2012

link opens in new tab or windowGuide to the Southern California Marine Protected Areas (PDF)
Updated March 1, 2016 - 8 MB

Find the location nearest you to pick up your copy of this guide.

 

Brochure: link opens in new tab or windowCalifornia Marine Protected Areas - Southern California (PDF)

 

MPA Maps

Sample of a MPA map

Northern California MPAs (all): JPG | link opens in new windowPDF
California/Oregon Border to Alder Creek near Point Arena (Mendocino County)
For maps of individual Northern California MPAs, please view the Northern California MPAs page.

North Central California MPAs (all): JPG | link opens in new windowPDF
Alder Creek near Point Arena (Mendocino County) to Pigeon Point (San Mateo County)
For maps of individual North Central California MPAs, please view the North Central California MPAs page.

San Francisco Bay MPAs (all): JPG | link opens in new windowPDF
Established prior to 2007 within San Francisco Bay
For maps of individual San Francisco Bay MPAs, please view the San Francisco Bay MPAs page.

Central California MPAs (all): JPG | link opens in new windowPDF
Pigeon Point  (San Mateo County) to Point Conception (Santa Barbara County)
For maps of individual Central California MPAs, please view the Central California MPAs page.

Southern California MPAs (all): JPG | link opens in new windowPDF
Point Conception (Santa Barbara County) to the California-Mexico Border
For maps of individual Southern California MPAs, please view the Southern California MPAs page.

Also, view the interactive maps on MarineBIOS and MPA Mobile.

MPA Overview Sheets

sample of MPA overview

Have you ever wondered what an MPA’s goals are, how much area an MPA covers, or what kinds of habitat can be found in a certain MPA? CDFW’s MPA Overview Sheets provide the technical data to answer these questions and more.

Select the MPA you're interested in from the list below to view that MPA's overview sheet. MPAs are listed by location from north to south.

Northern California MPAs

North Central California MPAs

San Francisco Bay MPAs

Overview sheets for the San Francisco Bay MPAs are not available at this time.

Central California MPAs

Southern California MPAs (Mainland)

Southern California MPAs (Islands)



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