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Habitat types: Rocky exposed shoreline around Carrington Point, providing excellent habitat for seabirds. Rocky shoreline interspersed with protected sand beaches from Carrington Point to Bechers Bay. Rocky intertidal area dominated by urchins around Carrington Point, and by red and brown algae in Bechers Bay. Sand patches occur intermittently in the intertidal area. Subtidal habitat is comprised of low relief rocky reefs mixed with sand. Rocky subtidal habitat is found primarily around Carrington Point, Beacon Reef and Rhodes Reef. The former area supports unstable populations of giant kelp. Historically the area supported a large black abalone population. The area southeast of Carrington Point supports patchy populations of surfgrass, and a productive eel grass bed occurs in Bechers Bay.
Surrounding habitat types: Similar habitat is found at Rhodes Reef to the west and within Bechers Bay just south of the pier.
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.