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Habitat types: Rocky shoreline extends from Cavern Point to Potato Harbor. A small sandy beach occurs at Scorpion Anchorage. Emergent nearshore rocks and caves provide breeding and roosting sites for seabirds. Intertidal area is primarily rocky with some mixed sand and gravel beaches. Subtidal habitats are mixed sand and gravel with a few patchy, terraced reefs off Cavern Point. Eelgrass occurs in shallow sand and mud habitats, and feather boa kelp and surfgrass occur in shallow subtidal rocky areas. Giant kelp occurs but populations are unstable; rocky subtidal habitats are dominated by urchins. Some pinnacles and high relief rocky features are associated with caves and submerged rocky cliffs. Some pinnacles occur in deeper water.
Surrounding habitat types: Similar rocks, caves and cliffs are found immediately to the east and west. Deeper water substrate is primarily soft.
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.