June 26, 2008

Reef Check California June 2008 Update

By Reef Check California Director of Science Cyndi Dawson

Summer has begun to roll along and Reef Check California divers have been beating the heat by cranking out the surveys. As of the end of June, RCCA has completed 18 surveys!! RCCA also took part in some great education and outreach events, like the Long Beach Scuba Show, letting divers and others know about how RCCA is improving marine mangement in California.

The Marine Life Protection Act (MLPA) process has arrived in Southern California and public open houses began this month, with the goal of establishing a network of Marine Protected Areas all along the California coast.

RCCA is staying informed about the process and will actively engage with the MLPA Science Advisory Team and Stakeholder Group to provide them with data that will better inform their decisions about the placement of Marine Protected Areas in the Southern California Bight. You can find more details on the MLPA meetings in Southern California here. Three more open houses will be held the second week of July in the San Diego region, check them out!

Check out these links below to get more details on RCCA Team Members in action:
Nor/Cen Cal- 6/14/08 Saturday – Coral St. Survey- SUCCESS!!
Nor/Cen Cal- 6/21/08 Saturday- Cypress Sea Survey SUCCESS!!!
SD: Broomtail Reef Sat 6/14: Well Done!!!
LA: Hawthorne Reef Complete