Marine Protected Areas
Laguna Beach is a California Marine Protected Area. California has 124 of these sanctuaries where sea life habitats thrive and marine ecosystems are protected. In a Marine Protected Area, nothing can be collected, which is why you can't remove shells from our beaches or fish off our shores. For more information, watch this video from the Laguna Bluebelt Coalition, and read about Southern California Marine Protected Areas here.
Visiting the Laguna Beach Tide Pools
The Laguna Beach Coastline has abundant rocky intertidal habitat, which allows for the opportunity to view some of California's most unique wildlife. As mentioned above, Laguna Beach's tide pools are part of the California Marine Protected Area network; therefore, it is unlawful to injure, damage, take, or possess any living, geological, or cultural marine resource.
Over six million people visit the beaches of Laguna annually. It is critical that you do your part to help reduce any impacts to the environment when visiting the tide pools . To help do you part, make sure you are following The Good Tide Pooler Rules (left).
Educator and Research Permits
University and non-affiliated school groups wishing to conduct observational based research within the Laguna Beach City limits are required to submit a Category 2 Research Use Form to the Marine Safety Department. Forms should be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org
Individuals or groups conducting research that requires manipulation of the environment (including collection or installation) must have a valid Department of Fish and Wildlife Scientific Collection Permit. Prior to conducting research in Laguna Beach, a valid scientific collection permit and Category 1 Researcher Use Form must be submitted and approved by Marine Safety Staff. Submissions should be emailed to email@example.com
Meet the Bus Program
The City of Laguna Beach offers a tide pool education program for public, private, home school, as well as after school groups. Marine Safety staff greet the students at the Heisler Park Amphitheater where they receive a lecture about California's Marine Protected Areas, proper tide pooling behavior, and personal safety when visiting the tide pools. After the lecture, staff take the students to the Monument Point Tide Pools where they apply their knowledge. Staff educate the students about the unique suite of adaptations the wildlife possesses to survive in the rocky intertidal habitat.
Instructors can plan on the program running for approximately two hours. The program costs $35.00 per group of 30 people. Children's safety is the top priority of the program. Trips may be cancelled due to poor weather or large surf. If you are interested in learning more please fill out the form below. We look forward to seeing you!