Scott Creek | MARINe

Scott Creek

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Scott Creek is located in the Central Coast region of California, within the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. This site is located within the Greyhound Rock State Marine Conservation Area. This site receives moderate visitation by fisherman, kite surfers, and tidepoolers. This moderately sloping site consists of moderately uneven terrain, containing few cracks and folds.

Scott Creek biodiversity survey overview

Scott Creek is dominated by a mixture of consolidated mudstone and sandy beach, and the area surrounding the site is comprised of a mixture of consolidated mudstone and sandy beach. The primary coastal orientation of this site is west.

Scott Creek long-term monitoring overview

Long-Term Monitoring Surveys at Scott Creek were established in 1999 and are done by University of California Santa Cruz. Long-Term MARINe surveys currently target the following species: Chthamalus/Balanus (Acorn Barnacles), Mytilus (California Mussel), Fucus (Northern Rockweed), Silvetia (Golden Rockweed), Endocladia (Turfweed), Phyllospadix (Surfgrass), and Pisaster (Ochre Star). In addition, motile invertebrates, barnacle recruitment, mussel size structure, and water temperature are monitored at this site. Click here to view Long-Term trends at this site.

Biodiversity Surveys were done by University of California Santa Cruz in 2000, 2003, 2006, 2017, and 2020. The Biodiversity Survey grid encompasses one section that is approximately 30 meters (along shore) x 20 meters (seaward). Click here to view Biodiversity Survey findings at this site.

For more information about Scott Creek, please contact Pete Raimondi (