Up to date information about California's Marine Life Protection Act is found on the California Department of Fish & Game's official site.
These sites offer great background on The Science of Marine Reserves:
PISCO, the Partnership for Interdisciplinary Studies of Coastal Oceans, especially their very informative publication The Science of Marine Reserves.
To learn about the changes in coastal oceans that began before we were born, visit ShiftingBaselines.org
Other Books of Interest
The entire series of marine life idendification books by Dan Gotshall are indespensable for divers and marine naturalists.
Marc Shargel learned a lot of biology from Lovell & Libby Langstroth. Their book A Living Bay, contains marvelous photographic illustrations of Monterey Bay marine life with fascinating natural history interpretation of the natural histories of their photographic subjects.
Between Pacific Tides now in its Fifth edition, this is Edward F. Ricketts' seminal book. Co-authored and updated by Joel W. Hedgpeth, Jack Calvin, and David Phillips, it still contains the original foreword by Ricketts' friend John Steinbeck. It essentially introduced the notion of ecosystem-level marine biology and inspired the ecosystem-based management science that led to the MLPA.
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Dive buddies Brian and Nikki Gross manufacture beautiful jewelry inspired by the life they find in the sea.