California Collaborative Fisheries Research Program – monitoring and evaluation of California marine protected areas

Project Number
Project Date Range
Funding Agency
California Ocean Protection Council (OPC)
Focus Area(s)
Healthy Coastal Ecosystems, Sustainable Fisheries and Aquaculture

The California Collaborative Fisheries Research Program (CCRFP) is a diverse partnership of volunteer fishermen, boat captains, scientists, nongovernmental organizations, and charter companies interested in promoting sustainable fisheries. Since the establishment of the MPA network, CCFRP has worked to develop a long-term coordinated, collaborative, and standardized statewide monitoring program that involves recreational anglers in hook-and-line surveys inside and outside MPAs. Their approach includes not only scientifically rigorous data collection and analysis, but also meaningful outreach and engagement with fishermen, scientists, resource managers, and the general public.

This project will continue CCFRP trips and data collection at MPA sites and non-MPA reference sites statewide through 2019, and on the central coast through 2020, with a focus on monitoring fish abundance, size, biomass, diversity, species composition, and spillover. Continued monitoring will contribute to an increased ability on the part of managers to track long-term trends. At the same time, the project will continue community outreach & education with a focus on the recreational fishing community.

Project monitoring sites

map of california with monitoring sites listedThis project plans to conduct monitoring at the following Tier I sites (listed from north to south):

  • Reading Rock State Marine Reserve (SMR)
  • Ten Mile SMR
  • Stewarts Point SMR
  • Bodega Head SMR
  • Año Nuevo SMR 
  • Point Lobos SMR
  • Piedras Blancas SMR 
  • Point Buchon SMR
  • Carrington Point SMR
  • Anacapa Island State Marine Conservation Area (SMCA)
  • Anacapa Island SMR
  • Swami's SMCA
  • South La Jolla SMR






Principal Investigators
Scott Hamilton
Moss Landing Marine Laboratories / San Jose State University
profile photo of Rick Starr Rick Starr
San Jose State University (San Jose State)
Co-principal Investigators
Dean Wendt
California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo (Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo)
Lyall Bellquist
University of California, San Diego, Scripps Institution of Oceanography
Jennifer Caselle
University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB)
Steven G. Morgan
Bodega Marine Laboratory
Timothy Mulligan
Cal Poly Humboldt
Brice Semmens
University of California, San Diego, Scripps Institution of Oceanography

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