Stornetta | MARINe


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Click here for Biodiversity Survey findings

Stornetta is located in the North Central Coast region of California, within the Sea Lion Cove State Marine Conservation Area. This site is 1.3 mi southeast of the Point Arena Lighthouse Mussel Watch site. This site currently receives low visitation by tidepoolers. While open between 2005 and 2010, the site received moderate to high visitation during low tides by abalone divers, fishermen, and tidepoolers. Portions of this site are only accessible during low tides. This gently sloping site consists of moderately uneven terrain, containing few cracks and folds.

Stornetta biodiversity survey overview

Stornetta is dominated by consolidated bedrock (mudstone), and the area surrounding the site is comprised of a mixture of consolidated bedrock (mudstone) and sandy beach. The primary coastal orientation of this site is southwest.

Stornetta long-term monitoring overview

Long-Term Monitoring Surveys at Stornetta were established in 2005 and are done by University of California Santa Cruz. Long-Term MARINe surveys currently target the following species: Pisaster (Ochre Star). Click here to view Long-Term trends at this site.

Biodiversity Surveys were done in 2004, 2007, and 2020. The Biodiversity Survey grid encompasses one section that is approximately 30 meters (along shore) x 33 meters (seaward). Click here to view Biodiversity Survey findings at this site.

For more information about Stornetta, please contact Pete Raimondi (