September 20, 2012

Assessing Spatial and Socioeconomic Change in the Central Coast Commercial and CPFV Fisheries: Final Report

Cheryl Chen / Ecotrust, Future of Fish

Data Package Summary


The waters off the Central Coast region of California, which stretches from Pigeon Point in the north to Point Conception in the south, have long supported fishing activities that are integral to the cultural and economic history of the area. Fisheries exemplify the interdependencies between the natural environment and coastal communities that have characterized California since well before statehood. To protect California’s marine resources, in September 22, 2007, as part of the Marine Life Protection Act (MLPA) Initiative, the California Fish and Game Commission (CFGC) designated 29 marine protected areas (MPAs) within state waters of the Central Coast region.

This work is part of the Central Coast Baseline Program, the goal of which is to establish a benchmark of ecological and socioeconomic conditions at the time MPAs were implemented, and to explore any initial changes since MPAs were established. This report provides three sets of primary findings:

1. A spatial and socioeconomic baseline characterization of select commercial fisheries and the commercial passenger fishing vessel (CPFV) fleet in the California Central Coast Region;
2. An assessment of initial spatial and socioeconomic changes following MPA implementation; and
3. An investigation of the role of MPAs and other major driving factors in observed spatial and economic changes.

Establishing a baseline characterization of the commercial fishing and CPFV fleets of the California Central Coast provides a better understanding of the current socioeconomic health of the Central Coast fishing communities, and provides a benchmark of socioeconomic conditions and spatial fishing patterns against which future MPA impacts and benefits can be measured. Furthermore, assessing historical trends along with initial changes in socioeconomic conditions and spatial fishing patterns that followed MPA implementation will help inform how MPAs and other driving factors may interplay to influence observed changes.


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  • Ecotrust Central Coast MPA Monitoring Executive Summary Report.pdf
  • Ecotrust Central Coast MPA Monitoring Technical Report.pdf
  • Ecotrust Central Coast MPA Monitoring Report Appendix A.pdf
  • cc_mpa_boundaryinformation_lookup_table.csv
  • cc_mpa_boundaryinformation_lookup_table_metadata.csv
  • statewide_mpa_boundaryinformation_lookuptable.csv