MPAs are designated areas along and off the coast, within the three-mile limit of state waters, intended to protect critical marine habitats. There are three different levels of protection:
State Marine Reserves are off limits to all extractive activities, including fishing and harvesting (of shellfish, seaweed, etc.).
State Marine Parks allow recreational fishing, but don’t allow commercial extraction.
State Marine Conservation Areas allow some commercial and/or recreational extraction, determined on a case-by-case basis.
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The 23,000 acres around Crystal Springs are prime hiking territory in an urban region desperate for more places to get outdoors. They're also home to numerous endangered species, and critical to San Francisco's drinking water supply.
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