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

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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 listed
Map of project monitoring sites. Click to view full-size version.
This 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

    Moss Landing Marine Laboratories/San Jose State University
  • Principal Investigators

    San Jose State University - Moss Landing Marine Labs

Co-principal Investigators