Diverse Habitats all located within the Los Angeles Harbor!

Hover over the images below to learn more about each habitat type. 


The seafloor, the largest harbor habitat, can include open-water areas with sandier sediments as well as more protected areas with muddier sediments having higher organic carbon content. The seafloor is...

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The ‘Pelagic Zone’ refers to the water that is not near the shoreline and stretches from the surface to the seafloor and is the largest habitat type in the harbors. Animals like plankton (tiny floating…

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Most of the shoreline and the breakwaters of the Port Complex consists of rock dikes known as riprap, which represents nearly 50 miles of rocky shoreline. These areas provide shelter for fish and…

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There are tens of thousands of concrete, wood and steel pilings that support the wharfs and docks of the marine terminals, marinas, and other infrastructure. These structures provide a large amount of…

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Explore different habitats within the
Los Angeles Harbor!

Click the green “info” icons on the map to view more information about each of our harbor locations, or click the buttons below to visit their pages!

LA Harbor Habitats: Wildlife

Check out the habitats and animals in the Los Angeles Harbor! Above and below the water, the more you look the more you’ll find!

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Events ON THE LA Waterfront

Find out about upcoming events and information to plan your visit to the LA Waterfront.

NOAA Tides and Water Temperature

Get water temperature and tides from the NOAA weather station in the Port’s Outer Harbor.

Cabrillo Marine Aquarium

The Cabrillo Marine Aquarium is a public aquarium located at Cabrillo Beach in San Pedro.

Fishing Licenses and Regulations

Review guidelines on fishing in public areas from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife.