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June 06, 2012

It's Official: Northern California has new Marine Protected Areas!

California has a statewide network of MPAs!

The California Fish and Game Commission voted today to adopt a network of Marine Protected Areas off the coast of northern California.

This is a huge step in ocean conservation history because this marks the completion of the nation’s first statewide underwater park system that now stretches from the border of Mexico all the way north to Crescent City.

Over the last eight years, business owners, scientists, tribes, fishermen, conservationists and government officials have met up and down the coast to map out protections that will provide economic and environmental benefits for their communities. Their hard work, guided by input from tens of thousands of Californians, has created a system of safeguards that we can all be proud of.

Thanks to all of the stakeholders, policymakers, and members of the public that worked so hard to make this possible.  Please see the press release from our partner organizations and check out a statewide map of California's Marine Protected Areas.