South Coast State of the Region


The State of the California South Coast (State of the Region) report provides a summary of ecological and socioeconomic conditions in the South Coast near the time of marine protected area (MPA) implementation in 2012. It provides key findings from South Coast MPA baseline monitoring projects, which occurred from 2011 to 2015. Each project included two to three years of data collection. This report also includes ecological, biological, oceanographic, and socioeconomic information and findings from key partners.

This report will help inform the MPA Management Program and will be presented to the broader South Coast ocean community through a series of community gatherings and other meetings.

Photo credit: May Bay Butter / Laguna Beach Resort / Getty Images; Sarah Finstad