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November 02, 2017

Exploring the Lost Coast

By Angela Kemsley, MPA Watch Program Coordinator
Sea Lion Gulch State Marine Reserve

The WILDCOAST team received an offer from the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in Humboldt County to establish data collection sites along the 25 mile stretch of beach known as the Lost Coast. So Angela Kemsley, MPA Watch Program Coordinator, Conservation Coordinator Cory Pukini, Mexico Director Eduardo Nájera, and Wildlands Coordinator Francisco Martínez Vázquez set off for the adventure of a lifetime.


Much of this coast is protected by the Sea Lion Gulch State Marine Reserve, named for the two large rocks covered with belching sea lions at its northern boundary, and the Big Flat State Marine Conservation Area, two of California’s 124 marine protected areas, or MPAs. These sites are two of the most remote and difficult MPAs to access in California; however, they are some of the most rewarding for those adventurous enough to make the hike.


At the end of the adventure, the WILDCOAST team was able to set up four MPA Watch transects in two MPAs (our first MPA Watch sites in the North Coast!), offer advice on interpretation and enforcement, and make some great new partners and friends. While not for the faint of heart (or slight of ankle strength), the Lost Coast offers an amazing experience for anyone with an adventurous spirit and love of the ocean.


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