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January 31, 2013

WiLDCOAST and Think Blue Partner to Install New Marine Protected Area Signs in San Diego

Public Outreach and Education is Critical to the Success of California's MPA Network
The newly-installed sign at the end of Diamond St. in Pacific Beach

On January 30, 2013 WiLDCOAST partnered with the City of San Diego's Think Blue program to install 5 new signs to educate the public about the South La Jolla State Marine Reserve.

For a slideshow of the new South La Jolla MPA signs click here

The reserve spans from Palomar Avenue in La Jolla South to Diamond Street in Pacific Beach and extends approximately 3 miles offshore. It is important that the public know the official state regulations that prohibit fishing and collecting of marine organisms within this marine protected area. California's network of marine protected areas was completed in 2012 to protect and restore the state's diverse and rich coastal ecosystems.  

WiLDCOAST worked with California's Department of Fish and Wildlife, the Natural Resources Defense Council, and volunteer Neomi Mustain to design and produce the "you are here" marine protected area signs for Swami's State Marine Conservation Area, South La Jolla State Marine Reserve and the Tijuana River Mouth State Marine Conservation Area. WiLDCOAST worked with the Tijuana River National Estuarine Research Reserve to install two marine protected area signs for the Tijuana River Mouth State Marine Conservation Area.

For more information on WiLDCOAST's work to increase the effectiveness of California's marine protected area network visit the MPA Program Page

For official regulations regarding California's marine protected areas visit the Department of Fish and Wildlife