Who protects the tide pools?

Map of Central California Marine Protected Areas



Numerous tide pool habitats along the California coast are protected by state laws and regulations aimed at reducing the threat of collecting intertidal plants and animals by people. The state of California enacted the Marine Life Protection Act (MLPA)to increase the number, coherence, and effectiveness of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs).

MPAs include many different types of protection levels and include both intertidal and other coastal marine ecosystems. Many of the sites currently being monitored are within existing or proposed MPA boundaries. The purpose of the MPAs is to protect plants and animals by prohibiting collecting of a list of species. You can find more information about MPAs as follows:

photo of Egregia Limpet
Egregia Limpet
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photo of Lottia Gigantea
Lottia Gigantea
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