Underwater parks

California first to complete statewide marine park system

A network of underwater parks adopted during a unanimous vote of the California Fish and Game Commission earlier this month will protect some of California’s most iconic ocean locales.

The new protections—the first of their kind in the United States—connect with an existing network and were designed by local fishermen, divers, tribes, business owners and conservationists, according to Indybay.org. The underwater parks are along coastal stretches from Mendocino to the Mexican border, including La Jolla, Big Sur, Point Reyes and the remote Lost Coast.

“We are poised to return California’s marine resources to the sustainable abundance we all once enjoyed,” said Richard Rogers, a Fish and Game commissioner.