California Department of Fish and Wildlife

Draft Regional Profile of the North Coast Study Region
(Alder Creek to the California-Oregon Border)

This page contains the Draft Regional Profile of the North Coast Study Region posted to this website on December 2, 2009. You may also view the subsequent version of the regional profile, posted on February 26, 2010.

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The California Marine Life Protection Act (MLPA) Initiative has produced this document, which provides background information to be used during the MLPA Initiative's marine protected area planning process in the MLPA North Coast Study Region. As part of a joint fact-finding effort, communities and members of the public are invited to review the document (with associated appendices and maps) and provide suggestions for improvement in order to provide the best readily available information to stakeholders and decision-makers within the planning process.

No later than January 15, 2010, please provide any comments, additional information sources, and other suggestions for improvements. The following types of comments would be most useful, in a bulleted list with page numbers and specific paragraphs identified:

  • Suggestions for edits to individual sections
  • Editorial suggestions to improve accuracy, clarity, or internal consistency
  • Your own first hand user knowledge
  • Suggestions for new or emerging data sets

Comments may be submitted to to the MLPA Initiative via:

  • Email:
  • Fax: 916.653.8102 (Attention: MLPA Initiative)
  • Postal address:
    MLPA Initiative
    c/o California Natural Resources Agency
    1416 Ninth Street, Suite 1311
    Sacramento, CA 95814

The MLPA Initiative staff appreciates your input and will strive to incorporate suggested improvements to the extent possible. A revised version of the regional profile will be produced as a resource for developing marine protected area proposals. Questions regarding this document should be directed to MLPA staff at:


Entire Regional Profile (File size 1.6 MB)
Includes Cover, Regional Profile Body, Appendices and Acronyms & Abbreviations

Front Cover

Regional Profile Body
Includes title page, complete table of contents, table of tables,
table of figures, executive summary and chapters 1-9.
References for each chapter are listed at the end of the chapter.

Appendices are as follows:

A. Spatial Data Layers Available
B. Profile of Commercial Fisheries
C. Profile of Recreational Fisheries
D. Special-Status Species Likely to Occur in the Study Region

Acronyms & Abbreviations
A list of acronyms and abbreviations used in the Regional Profile

North Coast Regional Profile Atlas
Two sets of thematically organized maps covering the North Coast Study Region
displaying available spatial information. These maps complement the information
provided in the regional profile body and appendices.

North Coast Regional Profile Atlas


Other Versions of the Regional Profile