California Department of Fish and Wildlife

Draft Regional Profile of the North Central Coast Study Region
Alder Creek/Point Arena to Pigeon Point, California (May 7, 2007)

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Table of Contents, Abbreviations and Acronyms and Executive Summary

Regional Profile (draft)

  • Introduction
  • General Description of the Study Region
  • Ecological Setting
  • Land-Sea Interactions
  • Socioeconomic Setting
  • Academic Institutions, Research, Public Outreach and Education
  • Jurisdiction and Management
  • Existing MPAs and Coastal Protected Areas
  • Evaluation of Existing MPAs
  • Summary by Subregion
  • Conclusion
  • References Cited

Maps

  • Map 1: North Central Coast Study Region and Existing State Marine Protected Areas
  • Map 2: Intertidal and Nearshore Habitats, subregions 1-3
  • Map 2: Intertidal and Nearshore Habitats, subregions 4-6
  • Map 3: Soft and Hard Bottom and Canyon Habitats, subregions 1-3
  • Map 3: Soft and Hard Bottom and Canyon Habitats, subregions 4-6
  • Map 4: Oceanographic Patterns (Temperature and Chlorophyll, Typical and El Nino Year - Large file size: 1.6 MB)
  • Map 5: Seabird and Marine Mammal Biodiversity, subregions 1-3
  • Map 5: Seabird and Marine Mammal Biodiversity, subregions 4-6
  • Map 6: Areas of Fish Biodiversity (northern and southern portions of study region)
  • Map 7: Rockfish Hotspots (Canary Rockfish, Boccacio, Black Rockfish
  • Map 7: Rockfish Hotspots (Lingcod, Yelloweye Rockfish - Large file size: 1.2 MB)
  • Map 8: Coastal Watershed Impacts (Agriculture, Urban, and Road Density)
  • Map 9: Areas of Water Quality Concern (northern and southern portions of study region)
  • Map 10: Commercial Logbook Data (Rockfish, California Halibut, Dungeness and Rock Crab - Large file size: 1.3 MB)
  • Map 10: Commercial Logbook Data (Herring, Surfperch)
  • Map 10: Commercial Logbook Data (Flatfish, Red Urchin)
  • Map 10: Commercial Logbook Data (Squid, Salmon, Sharks, Skates, and Rays - Large file size: 1.3 MB)
  • Map 11: Commercial Passenger Fishing Vessel Survey (Halibut, Rockfish and Salmon - Large file size: 1.0 MB)
  • Map 12: California Recreational Fisheries Survey (Halibut, Rockfish and Salmon - Large file size: 1.0 MB)
  • Map 13: Recreational Abalone Landings
  • Map 14: Coastal Access and Recreational Use Areas
  • Map 15: Research, Education and Monitoring sites
  • Map 16: Existing Marine and Coastal Managed Areas
  • Map 17: Groundfish Closed Areas (northern and southern portions of study region)

Appendices

  • Appendix I: Spatial Data Layers Available for MPA Planning on the North Central Coast - revised 1/1/07
  • Appendix II: Species Likely to Benefit from MPAs and Special Status Species in the North Central Coast
  • Appendix III: Profile of Commercial Fisheries for the North Central Coast Study Region
  • Appendix IV: Profile of Major Recreational Fisheries in the North Central Coast Study Region
  • Appendix V: Preliminary Descriptions of State Marine Protected Areas in the North Central Coast (CDFG 2004b)