- Full MPA Monitoring Plan (8.65MB)
- MPA Monitoring Plan—In Brief (3MB)
- Frequently Asked Questions (106KB)
- Schematic of MPA Monitoring Framework (127KB)
- Contents & Chapters 1 to 9 (2.95MB)
- Appendices (7.38MB)
- MPA Baseline Program Summaries (March 2010)
- MPA Baseline Program Awards Announcement
- NCC MPA Baseline Program RFP
The North Central Coast region includes all state waters along the California coastline from Alder Creek, near Point Arena, to Pigeon Point, including the Farallon Islands.
Status of MPA Implementation: MPAs in Effect
MPAs for the North Central Coast region were adopted by the California Fish and Game Commission on August 5, 2009 and took effect on May 1, 2010. A map and additional information about the North Central Coast MPAs, including boundaries and regulations, are available on the Department of Fish and Game MLPA Initiative North Central Coast Study Region website.
Status of MPA Monitoring: Baseline Program Underway
To implement monitoring we launched the North Central Coast MPA Baseline Program in 2010, at the time the region's new MPAs took effect. Developed by the Monitoring Enterprise in collaboration with California Department of Fish and Game and with $4M in funding contributed by the California Ocean Protection Council, the program has eleven participating projects, and will continue through 2013. The projects are administered by California Sea Grant.
The program will provide a summary of ecological and socioeconomic conditions, inside and outside North Central Coast MPAs, near the time of implementation. It also will measure key socioeconomic and ecological changes in the first two years after the MPAs were implemented. A more complete description of the program is provided in the North Central Coast MPA Baseline Program RFP (request for proposals), and more information about the projects is available in the MPA Baseline Project Summaries document.
Planning Long-term MPA Monitoring
The Monitoring Enterprise has completed the North Central Coast MPA Monitoring Plan, which was adopted by the California Fish and Game Commission on April 7, 2010. We engaged in a consultative MPA monitoring planning process in the North Central Coast that included two monitoring planning workshops with stakeholders and scientists, to apply the monitoring framework appropriately to the region. We also consulted extensively with additional scientists working in the region, as well as others from the rest of California and around the world.