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September 17, 2012

Guide to Southern California Marine Protected Areas

Guide to California MPAs now available online and in hard copy

The California Department of Fish and Game has released the “Guide to Southern California Marine Protected Areas” showing location and boundaries of the MPAs along the Southern California coast in booklet form.

The full-color guide includes maps, coordinates, shoreline boundary images and regulations for Southern California MPAs along the coast from Point Conception, Santa Barbara County, to the U.S./Mexico border, and includes nearshore islands. This network of 50 MPAs, including 13 pre-existing MPAs retained at the northern Channel Islands and two special closures, covers approximately 355 square miles of state waters and represents approximately 15 percent of the region.

The guide also includes a wealth of background information and frequently asked questions on MPAs. Guides are free and available from DFG offices in Santa Barbara, Los Alamitos and San Diego as well as selected ocean-related businesses and harbormasters' offices along the coast.

For a list of locations and a map that shows where booklets can be found, please go to The guide itself is also available for online viewing and printing at