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Your San Diego Bay

About San Diego Bay

Framed by city skyscrapers, ships, palm trees and the Coronado Bridge, San Diego Bay provides a scenic vista for many picture postcards. It is often called the “crown jewel” of San Diego. There is no place in southern California where the rich diversity and abundance of a harbor’s natural resources and human socio-economic values juxtapose in such sharp focus as in San Diego Bay. Natural resources, strategic military values, and a commercial economy, overlay and underpin each other’s viability here. There is a great need to manage conflict, to understand ecosystem relationships, and to invest strategically in the future of San Diego Bay.

The Bay’s core natural resources values are warm, nutrient-rich, shallow waters, shelter from waves, and relative protection from marine predators. From these elements derive nursery, breeding, and resting habitats for many marine species. The proportion of migrants winging on the Pacific Flyway or marine species navigating ocean currents which enter the Bay to breed, raise young, or rest, belie the size of San Diego Bay. It supports a many-tiered, complex food chain, a productive feeding and resting ground, and a safe haven for nesting seabirds. Adjacent land attracts nesting and roosting birds along with human occupation and use.

With its sheltered harbor, San Diego Bay attracted the US Navy to base a large portion of its Pacific Fleet in San Diego. Today more than 25% of the American Naval fleet is home-ported here. Sailors and family members live and work in the San Diego area, along with civilian employees working at military installations here.


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