Empowering California's Coastal Communities

in the stewardship of California’s marine protected areas

MPA Collaborative Network COVID-19 Response

The health and wellbeing of all MPA Collaborative Network members and partners is of the utmost importance to us. Therefore, following CDC recommendations of social distancing to prevent the spread of COVID-19, all Collaborative Network events are currently postponed until further notice. The MPA Collaborative Network will be using this extra time to find new and creative ways to continue in our mission to empower coastal communities to advance MPA management and encourage ocean stewardship. We will be working to bring our amazing ocean community together virtually, leveraging the collective power and resources of the Network to support each other in these uncertain times and make the most out of a difficult situation. Please stay safe and check back here for updates on how we will be moving forward.

New and Noteworthy in the Network

Upcoming Events

March 11 – CA Coastal Commission Meeting

March 11 – Catalina Island MPA Collaborative Mtg

March 17 – CA Fish and Game Commission: Marine Resources Mtg

March 18 – CA Fish and Game Commission: Annual Tribal Planning Mtg

March 25 & 26 – LA County MPA Compliance Priorities Workshops

March 28 – GLOBE Teacher Training at Elkhorn Slough Reserve

See All Events.

LA County MPA Compliance Priorities Workshops

Join the Los Angeles County Marine Protected Area Collaborative, local enforcement officers and community members to discuss issues affecting compliance with local MPA rules and recommend local solutions.

Register to Attend Here

MPA Art Challenge

What do marine protected areas (MPAs) mean to you? Create a piece of art showcasing what comes to your mind when you think of marine protected areas. This week, post a photo or video of your creation with the hashtag #MPAartchallenge.

Learn more.

Coastal Explorer Guide - Now in Spanish!

Sabes qué son las áreas marinas protegidas? Nuestra guía de exploración para niños y niñas ahora está disponible en Español. Te invitamos a descargarla y jugar mientras nos cuidamos en casa.

Obtén tu guía

MPA Update: Integrated Ocean Observing Systems

California Sea Grant highlights an integrative new project, that combines a variety of biological and oceanographic data to look at California’s MPAs more comprehensively as part of a decadal review.

Read the article.

A Model of Collaboration: The Orange County Marine Protected Area Council

This article features the Orange County MPA Council and is the fourth in a series by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife Marine Management News featuring the California MPA Collaboratives.

Read the Orange County Article

Read the Monterey Article

Read the San Diego Article (PDF)

Read the San Mateo Article (PDF)

MPA Update: Sandy Beaches and Surf Zones

California Sea Grant highlights the sandy beach and surf zone MPA Monitoring project led by UC Santa Barbara’s Jenny Dugan. What lives just off California’s coast? Watch underwater video clips captured with Baited Remote Underwater Video (BRUV) technology.

Learn More About the Project

View Underwater Footage From the Surf Zone

Exploring California's Marine Protected Areas

Lovers Point-Julia Platt Marine Reserve and Submarine Canyon Habitats are the topics featured in two recent articles by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife Marine Management News in their series about California’s MPAs.

Discover Lovers Point-Julia Platt SMR

 Dive Into Submarine Canyon Habitats

Access All Articles in the Series

What is the MPA Collaborative Network?

We are a network of…

600+ members

385 represented organizations

14 Collaboratives

…working together to steward California’s 124+ marine protected areas (MPAs)

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The Collaborative Network provides structure for addressing local ocean management needs.

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