California Department of Fish and Wildlife

Draft Regional Profile of the MLPA South Coast Study Region
Point Conception to the California/Mexico border (September 15, 2008 draft)

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This document includes background information about the Marine Life Protection Act (MLPA) South Coast Study Region relevant to marine protected area planning as part of the MLPA Initiative process. In order to provide the best readily available information to stakeholders and decision-makers within the MLPA process, we invite you to review this document and associated maps and appendices.

No later than October 31, 2008, please provide any comments, additional information sources, and other suggestions for improvements. The following kinds of comments would be most useful:

  • Suggestions for edits to specific page numbers, or sections (if suggested edits are significant, use the track changes function in an MS Word version of the document)
  • Editorial suggestions to improve accuracy, clarity, or internal consistency
  • Your own first hand user knowledge
  • Suggestions for new or emerging data sets

Comments may be submitted to to the MLPA Initiative via:

Email: AskMPA@wildlife.ca.gov

Fax: 916.653.8102 (Attention: MLPA Initiative)

Postal address:
MLPA Initiative
c/o California Natural Resources Agency
1416 Ninth Street, Suite 1311
Sacramento, CA 95814

The MLPA Initiative staff appreciates your input and will strive to incorporate suggested improvements to the extent possible. Questions regarding this document should be directed to MLPA staff at AskMPA@wildlife.ca.gov.

 

MS Word versions of the various profile sections are being provided to allow comments to be submitted using track changes.

Maps

Note that the maps in this regional profile are numbered based on the section of the profile where the map data are discussed. For instance, the information displayed on map "3.1-1" is discussed in section 3.1 and is the first map presented in that section. Map 3.1-2 is the second set of maps discussed in section 3.1.

  • Map 2.0-1: MLPA South Coast Study Region and Existing State Marine Protected Areas (File size 1.6 MB)
  • Map 3.1-1: Intertidal and Nearshore Habitats (File size 1.6 MB)
    • Map 3.1-1a - Subregion 1
    • Map 3.1-1b - Subregion 2
    • Map 3.1-1c - Subregion 3
    • Map 3.1-1d - Subregion 4
    • Map 3.1-1e - Subregion 5
    • Map 3.1-1f - Subregion 6
    • Map 3.1-1g - Subregion 7
  • Map 3.1-2: Soft and Hard Bottom Habitats (File size 1.6 MB)
    • Map 3.1-2a - Subregion 1
    • Map 3.1-2b - Subregion 2
    • Map 3.1-2c - Subregion 3
    • Map 3.1-2d - Subregion 4
    • Map 3.1-2e - Subregion 5
    • Map 3.1-2f - Subregion 6
    • Map 3.1-2g - Subregion 7
  • Map 3.1-3: Oceanographic Patterns
    • Map 3.1-3a - Mean Ocean Color
    • Map 3.1-3b - Bathymetry
    • Map 3.1-3c - Seasonal Sea Surface Temperature
  • Map 3.2-1: Marine Bird Breeding Colonies and at Sea Diversity (File size 3.4 MB)
    • Map 3.2-1a - Northern Portion of Study Region
    • Map 3.2-1b - Southern Portion of Study Region
  • Map 3.2.1-1: Marine Mammal Haulouts and Rookeries
    • Map 3.2.1-1a - Subregion 1
    • Map 3.2.1-1b - Subregion 2
    • Map 3.2.1-1c - Subregion 3
    • Map 3.2.1-1d - Subregion 4
    • Map 3.2.1-1e - Subregion 5
    • Map 3.2.1-1f - Subregion 6
    • Map 3.2.1-1g - Subregion 7
  • Map 3.2-2: Areas of Fish Biodiversity (File size 1.8 MB)
    • Map 3.2-2a - Subregion 1
    • Map 3.2-2b - Subregion 2
    • Map 3.2-2c - Subregion 3
    • Map 3.2-2d - Subregion 4
    • Map 3.2-2e - Subregion 5
    • Map 3.2-2f - Subregion 6
    • Map 3.2 -2g - Subregion 7
  • Map 4.2-1: Coastal Watershed Impacts
    • Map 4.2-1a - Percent Agriculture
    • Map 4.2-1b - Percent Urban
    • Map 4.2-1c - Road Density
  • Map 4.3-1: Areas of Water and Sediment Quality Concern (File size 1.1 MB)
    • Map 4.3-1a - Subregion 1
    • Map 4.3-1b - Subregion 2
    • Map 4.3-1c - Subregion 3
    • Map 4.3-1d - Subregion 4
    • Map 4.3-1e - Subregion 5
    • Map 4.3-1f - Subregion 6
    • Map 4.3-1g - Subregion 7
  • Map 4.5-1: Coastal Energy Projects, Oil Platforms, & Desalination Plants (File size 2.0 MB)
    • Map 4.5-1a - Northern Portion of the Study Region
    • Map 4.5-1b - Southern Portion of the Study Region
  • Map 5.4-1: Commercial Logbook and Landing Receipt Data
    • Map 5.4-1a Commercial Landing Receipt Data - Pacific Sardine
    • Map 5.4-1b Commercial Landing Receipt Data - Mackerel and Anchovy
    • Map 5.4-1c Commercial Landing Receipt Data - Nearshore Rockfish and Cabezon
    • Map 5.4-1d Commercial Landing Receipt Data - California Sheephead
    • Map 5.4-1e Commercial Logbook Data - California Halibut Trawl Density
    • Map 5.4-1f Commercial Landing Receipt Data - Sharks and Skates
    • Map 5.4-1g Commercial Landing Receipt Data - Swordfish
    • Map 5.4-1h Commercial Landing Receipt Data - White Seabass
    • Map 5.4-1i Commercial Landing Receipt Data- Dover Sole, Thornyhead, and Sablefish
    • Map 5.4-1j Commercial Landing Receipt Data - Pacific Bonito
    • Map 5.4-1k Commercial Logbook Data - Spiny Lobster
    • Map 5.4-1l Commercial Logbook Data - Market Squid
    • Map 5.4-1m Commercial Logbook Data - Red Urchin
    • Map 5.4-1n Commercial Landing Receipt Data - Spot Prawn
    • Map 5.4-1o Commercial Landing Receipt Data - Ridgeback Prawn
  • Map 5.6-1: Commercial Passenger Fishing Vessel Landings (File size 1.5 MB)
    • Map 5.6-1a - Kelp Bass
    • Map 5.6-1b - Barred Sand Bass
    • Map 5.6-1c - Ocean Whitefish
    • Map 5.6-1d - White Seabass
    • Map 5.6-1e - Surfperch (Aggregated)
    • Map 5.6-1f - California Sheephead
    • Map 5.6-1g - California Halibut
    • Map 5.6-1h - Rockfish (Aggregated)
    • Map 5.6-1i - California Scorpionfish
    • Map 5.6-1j - Cabezon
    • Map 5.6-1k - Lingcod
    • Map 5.6-1l - Yellowtail
  • Map 5.6-2: Private and Rental Fishing Vessels Landings (File size 1.9 MB)
    • Map 5.6-2a - Kelp Bass
    • Map 5.6-2b - Barred Sand Bass
    • Map 5.6-2c - Ocean Whitefish
    • Map 5.6-2d - White Seabass
    • Map 5.6-2e - Surfperch (Aggregated)
    • Map 5.6-2f - California Sheephead
    • Map 5.6-2g - California Halibut
    • Map 5.6-2h - Rockfish (Aggregated)
    • Map 5.6-2i - California Scorpionfish
    • Map 5.6-2j - Cabezon
    • Map 5.6-2k - Lingcod
    • Map 5.6-2l - Spiny Lobster
    • Map 5.6-2m - Yellowtail
  • Map 5.6-3: Coastal Access and Recreational Use Areas (File size 1.2 MB)
    • Map 5.6-3a - Subregion 1
    • Map 5.6-3b - Subregion 2
    • Map 5.6-3c - Subregion 3
    • Map 5.6-3d - Subregion 4
    • Map 5.6-3e - Subregion 5
    • Map 5.6-3f - Subregion 6
    • Map 5.6-3g - Subregion 7
  • Map 6.1-1: Research, Education and Monitoring Sites
    • Map 6.1-1a - Subregion 1
    • Map 6.1-1b - Subregion 2
    • Map 6.1-1c - Subregion 3
    • Map 6.1-1d - Subregion 4
    • Map 6.1-1e - Subregion 5
    • Map 6.1-1f - Subregion 6
    • Map 6.1-1g - Subregion 7
  • Map 8.2-1: Existing Marine and Coastal Managed Areas (File size 1.3 MB)
    • Map 8.2-1a - Subregion 1
    • Map 8.2-1b - Subregion 2
    • Map 8.2-1c - Subregion 3
    • Map 8.2-1d - Subregion 4
    • Map 8.2-1e - Subregion 5
    • Map 8.2-1f - Subregion 6
    • Map 8.2-1g - Subregion 7
  • Map 8.2-2: Groundfish Conservation Areas
    • Map 8.2-2a - Northern Portion of the Study Region
    • Map 8.2-2b - Southern Portion of the Study Region

 

Appendices

  • Appendix I: Spatial Data Layers Currently Available for the MLPA South Coast Study Region
  • Appendix II: Species Likely to Benefit from MPAs and Special Status Species in the South Coast
  • Appendix III: Profile of Commercial Fisheries for the MLPA South Coast Study Region
  • Appendix IV: Profile of the Recreational Fishery in the MLPA South Coast Study Region
  • Appendix V: List of Species Referenced in the MLPA South Coast Study Region Profile
  • Appendix VI: Impaired Water Bodies in the MLPA South Coast Study Region by Regional Water Quality Control Board Regions
  • Appendix VII: Academic, Research, and Education Institutions with a Focus in Coastal and Marine Ecosystems in Southern California