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

June 1 – November 16 – Snapshot Cal Coast (physically distant and extended due to COVID-19)

July 23 – LA Collaborative Meeting (virtual)

July 29 – CA Fish and Game Commission: Marine Resources Committee Meeting (virtual)

July 31-August 2 – Get Into Your Sanctuary Celebrations

See All Events and Info.

Intersectional Environmentalism Resources

Intersectional environmentalism is a perspective and attitude that we can’t truly care for our planet without equally caring about social justice. Do you have another great resource? Let us know, email us at mpacollaborativenetwork@gmail.com.


Find and Share Home Learning Resources

The MPA Collaborative Network wants to share your resources, products, and programs with our Statewide Network. We know our collaborative members and partners have a plethora of previously developed educational resources and newly developed distance learning programs and we want to help get the word out!

Find and share your resources here.

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 Collaborative Network Spring Quarterly Bulletin - Out Now!

Read our latest newsletter for California MPA news from local MPA Collaboratives, organizations working across the state in MPAs, and the MPA Management Program.

Read the Spring 2020 newsletter

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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: Kelp Forests

California Sea Grant highlights the kelp forest MPA Monitoring project led by UC Santa Cruz’s Mark Carr. Now, Carr works with colleagues across four academic institutions and citizen scientists around the state on a kelp forest monitoring project that assesses the effectiveness of MPAs as a conservation and management tool.

Learn More About the Project

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.

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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