MARINE PROTECTION

Marine Protected Areas conserve the diversity and abundance of marine life, the habitats they depend on and the integrity of marine ecosystems. California's remarkable MPA system protects the productivity, wildness and beauty of our coast and ocean. 

This segment of Sound Ecology highlights regional marine conservation.


“MPAs are one part of the management tool box….they serve as an insurance policy for fisheries, potentially enhancing some reproductive output, but also giving us an idea of what does an un-fished system look like so we can better ground truth our management models,” Eric Bjorkstedt, NMFS Fisheries Oceanographer and Adjunct Dept. of Fisheries Biology at HSU told the EcoNew’s Reports Delia Bense-Kang.

Bense-Kang talks with researchers Ian Kelmartin, Katherin Osborn, and Eric Bjorkstedt, about their MPA Baseline Monitoring projects.  

What does a changing climate mean for North Coast fisherman and shellfish producers? 

Aquaculturalist Greg Dale, along with scientists Joe Tyburczy  and Erik Bjorkstedt (not pictured) discuss predicted impacts and mitigation.  

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