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A quiz on your knowledge of the new Marine Protected Areas on the California Central Coast. Save Our Shores is a marine conservation non-profit based in Santa Cruz, California, more information at saveourshores. Org.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    How many Marine Protected Areas are in the Central Coast Network of MPAs?

    • A.

      10

    • B.

      29

    • C.

      15

    • D.

      35

    Correct Answer
    B. 29
    Explanation
    There are 29 Marine Protected Areas in the Central Coast Network of MPAs.

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  • 2. 

    What is Marine Protected Area?

    • A.

      A place in the ocean where fish are bred in cages.

    • B.

      An area of the ocean that has been set aside to protect or conserve marine life and habitat.

    • C.

      A marina or harbor where the waters are protected from strong tides.

    • D.

      An area in the ocean where no human recreation of any kind is allowed.

    Correct Answer
    B. An area of the ocean that has been set aside to protect or conserve marine life and habitat.
    Explanation
    A Marine Protected Area refers to an area of the ocean that has been designated and set aside with the purpose of protecting and conserving marine life and their habitats. This means that certain regulations and restrictions are implemented within these areas to ensure the preservation of the marine ecosystem. These measures can include limitations on fishing activities, restrictions on human recreation, and the establishment of conservation programs. The primary goal is to safeguard the biodiversity and sustainability of marine species and their habitats.

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  • 3. 

    What is the difference between a Marine Reserve and a Marine Park in the MPA network?

    • A.

      In a Marine Park there is no fishing allowed and in a Marine Reserve recreational fishing is allowed but not commercial fishing.

    • B.

      They are both the same thing, you cannot fish in either area.

    • C.

      In a Marine Park recreational fishing is allowed but not commercial fishing and in a Marine Reserve there is no fishing allowed.

    • D.

      In a Marine Park commercial fishing is allowed and in a Marine Reserve recreational fishing is allowed.

    Correct Answer
    C. In a Marine Park recreational fishing is allowed but not commercial fishing and in a Marine Reserve there is no fishing allowed.
    Explanation
    In a Marine Park, recreational fishing is allowed but not commercial fishing. This means that individuals can engage in fishing activities for personal use or enjoyment, but any fishing for commercial purposes is prohibited. On the other hand, in a Marine Reserve, no fishing is allowed at all, whether it is recreational or commercial. This ensures that the marine ecosystem and its resources are protected and conserved without any human interference through fishing activities.

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  • 4. 

    What regulations apply for a Marine Conservation Area in the MPA network?

    • A.

      Commercial fishing is allowed but not recreational fishing.

    • B.

      Commercial and recreational fishing are limited to protect a specific habitat or resource.

    • C.

      Recreational fishing is allowed but not commercial fishing.

    Correct Answer
    B. Commercial and recreational fishing are limited to protect a specific habitat or resource.
    Explanation
    The regulations for a Marine Conservation Area in the MPA network involve limiting both commercial and recreational fishing activities in order to protect a specific habitat or resource. This implies that fishing activities are allowed but with certain restrictions in place to ensure the preservation of the marine environment.

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  • 5. 

    When were the Central Coast Marine Protected Areas put into effect?

    • A.

      1992, when the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary was established.

    • B.

      September 2007

    • C.

      July 2008

    • D.

      They have still not taken effect

    Correct Answer
    B. September 2007
    Explanation
    The Central Coast Marine Protected Areas were put into effect in September 2007.

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  • 6. 

    How many Marine Protected Areas are there worldwide?

    • A.

      100

    • B.

      350

    • C.

      5000

    • D.

      10000

    Correct Answer
    C. 5000
    Explanation
    There are approximately 5000 Marine Protected Areas worldwide. Marine Protected Areas are designated areas in oceans, seas, or other large bodies of saltwater that are set aside to protect and conserve marine ecosystems and biodiversity. These areas may have restrictions on fishing, pollution, or other human activities to ensure the preservation of marine life and habitats. The number of Marine Protected Areas varies across countries and regions, and they play a crucial role in safeguarding the health and sustainability of our oceans.

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  • 7. 

    What marine creatures will be protected because of the Central Coast Marine Protected Areas?

    • A.

      Rockfish

    • B.

      Sea otters

    • C.

      Leopard sharks

    • D.

      Abalone

    • E.

      All of the above

    Correct Answer
    E. All of the above
    Explanation
    The Central Coast Marine Protected Areas will protect all of the mentioned marine creatures, including rockfish, sea otters, leopard sharks, and abalone. These protected areas aim to conserve and restore marine ecosystems, providing a safe habitat for these species to thrive. By implementing protective measures, such as limiting fishing activities and preserving critical habitats, these marine creatures can be safeguarded and their populations can be sustained in the long term.

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