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A Review Of Research Programs In Central California Coastal Managed Areas With A Suggestion For Improved Collaboration

DeVogelaere, A.P., and R.C. Green (1997)

In: D.A. McArdle (editor), Marine Protected Areas of California: A Summary of a Conference Session, California and the World Ocean '97 Conference, March 1997. University of California Publication. p.50-55.


Between Pt. Reyes, located north of San Francisco, and Cambria, at the southern end of the Big Sur coast, there are over 30 managed coastal areas. These areas are designated as sanctuaries, reserves, preserves, refuges, wildlife areas, and parks. A review of these coastal programs found they have similar goals and overlapping jurisdictions. However, programs that incorporated scientific advisory groups had more current management plans, a broader view of resource management alternatives, larger research budgets, and a wider variety of research activities. These programs were developed, in large part, independently of each other and based on local history more than a comprehensive resource management vision. There is great opportunity for collaboration between these programs to improve their individual and common goals. The Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary (MBNMS), encompassing most of the coastline in central California, has a programmatic structure of working groups and advisory councils that take advantage of insight from academic scientists, multiple resource management agencies, user group representatives, and education specialists. The MBNMS may be the forum for improved collaboration between programs and an avenue to academic scientists in the development of science plans and enacting necessary research.

See Also: DeVogelaere, A.P. and R.C. Green. 1998. A review of research programs in central California coastal managed areas with a suggestion for improved collaboration. In: O.T. Magoon, H. Converse, B. Baird, and M. Miller-Henson (editors), California and the World Ocean '97: Taking a look at California's ocean resources: an agenda for the future. American Society of Civil Engineers. p. 99-104.

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