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April 20, 2012

WiLDCOAST Introduces San Diego’s New Underwater Parks

By Diane Castaneda.
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Image by Bryan Murray

Southern California is known for having one of the richest marine ecosystems in the world, so it’s no wonder why Californians took the initiative to protect some of the most iconic places like La Jolla, Swamis, Laguna, Point Dume and Naples Reef, by designating them as Marine Protected Areas (MPAs).

Get to know your local MPA!

As part of WiLDCOAST’s outreach efforts, we’re offering a series of MPA lectures throughout San Diego County to inform and educate residents and visitors of the newly establish underwater parks - Marine Protected Areas.

Last Sunday, WiLDCOAST visited Encinitas to talk about San Diego’s new MPAs, and provided a special discussion about Mexico’s conservation success story: Cabo Pulmo National Marine Park, by Dr. Octavio Aburto. Highlighting the successes at Cabo Pulmo is a great way to understand that MPAs are not a new thing, but have actually been established worldwide, with extraordinary results for the recovery of marine life.  

Divers and local recreational fishermen attended, and wanted more information on the new MPA protections. Marty Snyderman, Editor of California Diving News magazine and an active diver and recreational fisherman from Solana Beach said, “I want to understand the new protections, what’s the difference between a Marine Conservation Area and a Marine Reserve?”  The presentation goals were to reach the public and to answer questions about visiting the new MPA network in San Diego County. 

Towards the end of our talk Dr. Aburto’s presentation of Cabo Pulmo National Marine Park the crowd asked: 

“Why don’t we have bigger MPAs, so we can get the same results as seen in Mexico?” and

“Why aren’t all our MPAs “no-take” zones?

If you are interested in learning more about Cabo Pulmo National Marine Park please click on the link below.

Research Show Fish are flourishing in Cabo Pulmo Marine Reserve.

If you are interested in having WiLDCOAST do a lecture in your are please contact Conservation Program Coordinator Diane Castañeda at diane@wildcoast.net or at (619) 423-8665 ext. 207.