Important offshore habitat areas near us, including the Farallone Islands and the Cordell Banks, have long been protected as National Marine Sanctuaries. More recently. A series of smaller areas closer to the shore have joined them as California's Marine Protected Areas, a development that's rather new.
This map shows the protected areas in the North Central Coast area of California. The regions shown in pink are designated State Marine Reserves where virtually all commercial and recreational activities are prohibited.