Cambria SMCA is characterized by a slight relief rocky floor comprised of bedrock and scattered high relief boulder fields. High density of Macrocystis and Pterygophora comprise the primary algal species to be found at our monitoring sites. The MPA sites have standard high levels of the bat star (A. miniata) and other invertebrates. Fish populations once again displayed high levels of blue rockfish (S. mystinus) although there were also populations of kelp (S. mystinus), olive / yellowtail and a relatively large abundance of kelp greenling (H. decagrammus).
The reference sites for Cambria SMCA are similar to the MPA sites with slight relief bedrock as the dominant benthic habitat of the sites. The major canopy forming algae in these sites is the giant kelp Macrocystis and the understory is dominated by Pterygophora. The benthic habitat is populated by the bat star (A. miniata) particularly but also exist predators such as the giant sea star (P. giganteus) and the sun star (P. helianthoides). Rockfish are in abundance here such as the blue rock fish (S. mystinus) but the demersal species kelp greenling (H. decagrammus) and lingcod (Ophiodon elongates) were also seen here in relative abundance.