Working in the Refuge

Scientific collecting


Protecting the Refuge

Related links







History of the Hopkins Marine Life Refuge (until 1985)
Since then:
In November 2005, the HMLR was designated the "Hopkins State Marine Reserve"
During the 2006-7 MLPA process the HSMR underwent expansion and "Hopkins" was removed from the name. The new Lovers Point State Marine Reserve boundaries and regulations took effect on September 21 2007 (See maps below)
On October 1, 2014 the name of the reserve was changed to the Lovers Point - Julia Platt State Marine Reserve.

Refuge map (historical HMLR/HSMR)
Intertidal aerial view (historical HMLR/HSMR)
Lovers Point - Julia Platt State Marine Reserve (LPJPSMR boundaries relative to historical HMLR)
DFW map of Monterey Peninsula MPAs (pdf, May 2007)

Central Coast MPAs (DFW site)

Working in the Refuge:

Refuge Use Form pdf (Please continue to use until revised version becomes available)

Upcoming Refuge Activity: Visiting researchers and classes working in the "HMLR"
(page under revision)


Scientific Collecting.
CA Department of Fish and Wildlife Permitting:

Please note: A valid CA DFW Scientific Collecting Permit is required for everyone conducting any collecting for research or education in the area off Hopkins formerly known as the "Hopkins Marine Life Refuge", subtidal as well as intertidal. This includes Hopkins students and faculty as well as visiting investigators.
General information about scientific collecting
for Hopkins faculty and students
Scientific Collecting Permit information DFW site

Applications for California Department of Fish and Wildlife Scientific Collecting Permits: Scientific Collecting Permit Application DFW site

DFW scientific collecting notification fax form pdf (fax to 648-2894; 24 hours in advance of trip)
(For Marine Region collecting you may e-mail the pdf form to r7monterey.frontoffice at wildlife.ca.gov)

DFW Report of Specimens Collected (excel; useful for keeping the required running log of collections. Best way to turn in records to DFW when applying for permit renewal or when permit expires).

DFW permit amendment request pdf (use to amend existing SCP)



Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary permitting:

Certain types of activities (e.g. mooring installation, sea floor alteration, bolt installation, settlement panel & cage installation) are regulated by the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. Please see the MBNMS Permits and Regulations pages for information and permit applications.


Protecting the "HMLR":

Californians Turn in Poachers and Polluters
1 888 DFG-CALTIP(888 334-2258)

MBNMS Enforcement Officer: 760-0122

Related Links:

California Department of Fish and Wildlife


Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary

SIMoN Sanctuary Integrated Monitoring Network

Tenera Environmental Pt. Pinos report 2003 "A Comparitive Intertidal Study and User Survey, Point Pinos, California".

UNAVCO permanent station HopkinsStnCN2006 P231

"Hopkins Marine Life Refuge" Manager/Diving Safety Officer:
Freya Sommer
Hopkins Marine Station, Pacific Grove CA 93950
(831) 655-6245

fax (831) 375-0793