Crystal Cove State Marine Conservation Area

Did you know that Crystal Cove State Park is home to a Marine Protected Area? MPAs are regions along the California coastline that have been granted specific protections in an effort to preserve marine ecosystems. MPAs were created as a result of the Marine Life Protection Act (1999), which sought to conserve and protect both marine life and habitat through education outreach, research opportunities, and a well-managed network of MPAs. Crystal Cove State Park’s MPA is a State Marine Conservation Area or SMCA, which allows for limited recreational and commercial take. Absolutely no take is allowed from the tidepools. A healthy network of MPAs will encourage restoration and resiliency of habitat for marine life and better strengthen our marine ecosystems against growing environmental impacts.


To learn what may be taken from the Crystal Cove State Park SMCA visit the following link:


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