Cool Facts Less than 1% of the world’s ocean is under any protection while 12% of the world’s land area is protected. Cool Facts Some Marine Protected Areas are designated as “marine reserves,” offering the highest level of protection. Cool Facts Studies show that there can be over 20% more species inside a reserve than outside. Cool Facts Bigger & Better! Fish and invertebrates are typically 28% bigger inside reserves and produce stronger, healthier young and lots more of them! Cool Facts Marine Reserves, the strictest form of protection for our ocean, only cover a small portion of our coastal waters, and represent less than 0.01% of the world ocean. Cool Facts Over 90% of Central California waters remain open for some type of fishing and collecting shellfish or kelp .




Interpretive and Fishing full-color brochures with fold-out maps, specific GPS coordinates and location details are available for several of California’s MPAs.

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Together with our partners, several hundred interpretive and harbor informational panels and signs have been created for MPAs along California Coast.

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Ocean Recreation


Visually appealing guides to coastal counties,  protected areas, recreational opportunities and marine wildlife.

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A collection of informative films, videos and animations developed for a range of audiences. These videos are available for immediate view and/or download.

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Several museum-quality exhibits designed to introduce the public to the concept of MPAs are available here for immediate download.

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Tribal Resources

Here you will find a variety of tribal resources focused on MPAs.

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Trainings for docents, educators and public audiences increase understanding and awareness of benefits of the California network of marine protected areas.

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A variety of posters have been created by organizations throughout California to communicate important messages of MPAs.

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The mission of California’s Marine Protected Areas Education and Outreach Initiative is to enhance MPA education through enduring partnerships to empower Californians to protect what they know and love.