California Marine Protected Areas Database Homepage
Book Cover

   The Marine Protected Areas (MPA) Database was completed and released to the public during the summer of 1997 with financial support from the California Seagrant Cooperative Extension Program. It contains the boundaries of 104 designated off-shore areas compiled from multiple sources.  Each polygon contains attributes for the designation, overlapping designations, county jurisdiction and region. The end result was used to create a guide book with maps, associated regulations and other information.

   Presently this database is being used by California Fish & Wildlife for ecosystem analysis and planning of future reserves, and also by Minerals Management Service for studying Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) oil and gas activities on fish, fisheries, essential fish habitat, reefs, hardbottoms, and marine protected areas.

note: if you find errors with labels or boundaries, or know of additional sources that pertain to MPAs, please send email to

Fish & Game MLPA Website

Digital Guide Book:
Main Index Map
North Coast Region
North Central Coast Region
Central Coast Region
South Coast Region

Shapefile Format
- Geographic Projection |

Contact Lists:  1 | 2
National |State

Disclamer & Area Statistics

Guide book prepared by 
D. McArdle (1999)
book scanned by the
Berkeley Digital Library

created by Jeff  5/21/99, last updated 5/5/03