CA Pub Res Code Section 36620

The mission of the state MMA system is to ensure the long-term ecological viability and biological productivity of marine and estuarine ecosystems and to preserve cultural resources in the coastal sea, in recognition of their intrinsic value and for the benefit of current and future generations. In support of this mission, the Legislature finds and declares that there is a need to reexamine and redesign California’s array of MMAs, to establish and manage a system using science and clear public policy directives to achieve all of the following objectives:


Conserve representative or outstanding examples of marine and estuarine habitats, biodiversity, ecosystems, and significant natural and cultural features or sites.


Support and promote marine and estuarine research, education, and science-based management.


Help ensure sustainable uses of marine and estuarine resources.


Provide and enhance opportunities for public enjoyment of natural and cultural marine and estuarine resources.
Last Updated

Aug. 19, 2023

§ 36620’s source at ca​.gov