The Value of Habitat Diversity in Marine Reserves: Spiny Lobster use of the Intertidal Zone at the Santa Catalina MPA
A guiding principle in the design of marine protected areas is that a diversity of habitats must be included to provide the complete range of ecosystem services for exploited species. This is especially true of species that use different habitats at different times in their reproductive cycles. In this study we propose to use a long term data set on intertidal habitat composition and demography of spiny lobster in the Santa Catalina Island MPA.
The primary goal of this project is to characterize the distribution, abundance, and community composition of fishes, invertebrates, and seafloor microhabitats in ten of the newly-designated MPAs in the CA Marine Life Protection Act’s South Coast Study region. Photograph and video imagery was collected (2011-2013) collected using an ROV.