Monday, May 27, 2024

Mission Blue Designates Blue Cavern State Marine Conservation Area As The Latest Hope Spot


Mission Blue this week designated the Blue Cavern State Marine Conservation Area off the coast of Los Angeles, California as the latest Hope Spot.

Catalina Island stands as a testament to the delicate balance between human habitation and natural preservation, according to Mission Blue. Surrounding this island are the Blue Cavern Onshore and Offshore State Marine Conservation Areas which encompass 10 square miles/26km of marine ecosystems. Habitats range from vibrant kelp forests to the sandy seabeds, teeming with life at depths of up to 2,616 feet/797 meters.

“The recognition of The Blue Cavern State Marine Conservation Area as a Hope Spot celebrates the incredible success of conservation efforts and the outstanding initiatives dedicated to safeguarding this precious ocean ecosystem. At the forefront as Hope Spot Champions stand the USC Wrigley Institute for Environment and Sustainability, led by its Executive Director, Jessica Dutton, alongside Director Joe Árvai. Their unwavering commitment not only promises to expand protections but also to inspire and cultivate a new generation of passionate ocean stewards!”

Despite its protected status, Blue Cavern faces threats from various sources, including fishing activities, pollution and habitat degradation, according to Mission Blue. These challenges are being tackled through initiatives like “deploying smart buoys to monitor vessel activity and collaborating with research institutes to gather vital data to mitigate risks to marine life. Public engagement and education programs further empower communities to become stewards of this marine sanctuary, ensuring a sustainable future for Blue Cavern State Marine Conservation Area and its inhabitants.”

Dr. Sylvia Earle Introduces the Blue Cavern State Marine Area as a Hope Spot!

John Liang
John Liang
John Liang is the News Editor at He first got the diving bug while in High School in Cairo, Egypt, where he earned his PADI Open Water Diver certification in the Red Sea off the Sinai Peninsula. Since then, John has dived in a volcanic lake in Guatemala, among white-tipped sharks off the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica, and other places including a pool in Las Vegas helping to break the world record for the largest underwater press conference.