California Department of Fish and Wildlife

Initial Preferred Alternative for MPAs in the Central California Coast (August 15, 2006)

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Fish and Game Commission Preferred MPA Proposal


Commission Direction for Preparation of the Initial Preferred Alternative

Subregion 1:

  • Package P with 122° 21' W for west boundary at Año Nuevo
  • Insert Natural Bridges intertidal SMR from 3R

Subregion 2:

  • Package 3R in Soquel Canyon and Portuguese Ledge
  • Package P in Moro Cojo and Elkhorn Slough

Subregion 3:

  • Provide regulatory options for fishing and diving at certain times of the day and days of week
  • Package P with addition of an SMR going from Pt. Pinos to the southwestern extent of Package P (Point Joe) in Monterey/Pacific Grove.

Subregion 4:

  • Package 3R at Pt. Sur
  • Package P at Big Creek

Subregion 5:

  • Package P at Piedras Blancas
  • Package 3R with adjustment for due east/west boundaries for Cambria park and reserve

Subregion 6:

  • Package P for Pt. Buchon and Morro Bay

Subregion 7:

  • Package P for Vandenberg
Those with ESRI compatible geographic information systems should visit the CDFW Marine Region GIS website for downloadable GIS data, including current MPA packages for the central coast and contact information for GIS staff. Look for the data link under GIS Downloads in the right navigation bar.