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Habitat types: Shoreline from Adams Cove to Judith Rock is mixed rock and sand with moderate to high exposure. Sandy beaches are present near Point Bennett. Rocky intertidal habitat is very rich and diverse. Subtidal habitat is mixed rock and sand with moderate relief. Rocky reefs, with viable populations of red abalone and urchins, are interspersed with sand channels. Giant kelp populations between Adams Cove and Judith Rock are healthy and stable. The brown algae Laminaria is found in deeper waters, with patches of surfgrass occurring in shallow subtidal areas.
Surrounding habitat types: Similar habitats are found just to the east and west of this MPA. Farther east and offshore are scattered rock shelves and soft bottom.
Summary of existing regulations: No take is allowed.
Primary objectives: A state marine reserve by definition may achieve one or more of the following goals:
Protect or restore rare, threatened or endangered native plants, animals, or habitats in marine areas;
Protect or restore outstanding, representative, or imperiled marine species, communities, habitats, and ecosystems;
Protect or restore diverse marine gene pools;
Contribute to the understanding and management of marine resources and ecosystems by providing the opportunity for scientific research in outstanding, representative, or imperiled marine habitats or ecosystems.
Existing Enforcement: Included as part of normal Department of Fish and Game marine patrol activities for this general area based on available patrol resources and level of fishery activity in the area. Channel Islands MPAs have been given a high priority for enforcement. A new, 54 foot, patrol vessel and several smaller vessels have been dedicated to Island patrols. National Park island rangers are present on the island.
Basic Evaluation: This is a recently established marine protected area. Refer to above review of baseline and ongoing monitoring and research studies.