Happy birthday, California’s underwater parks!
California's trailblazing network of underwater parks turns one on December 19!
Covering 16% of our coastal waters, these 124 underwater parks were created by Californians, for all who visit and live in California.
Since implementation, these Marine Protected Areas have been stewarded by ocean enthusiasts and citizen scientists interested in ensuring these parks thrive. While the full network is just turning one, some of the first protected areas in the Channel Islands and Central California have been in the water for more than 10 and 6 years respectively, and more importantly, are already showing great signs of success in wildlife protection.
Help us celebrate and spread the cheer by downloading and sharing these fun graphics with your friends and checking out the SOS MPA video showing how MPAs effect locals in Monterey and Santa Cruz.