Empowering California's Coastal Communities

in the stewardship of California’s marine protected areas

New and Noteworthy in the Network

Funding Opportunity

The MPA Outreach and Education Small Grants Program, funded by the California Ocean Protection Council (OPC) through the Once-Through Cooling (OTC) Interim Mitigation Program and administered by Coastal Quest, is a competitive grant program providing support for projects focused on outreach and education to improve compliance with MPA regulations statewide. Applicants may submit proposals for $25,000 – $100,000. A minimum total of $750,000 will be distributed under the MPA Outreach and Education Small Grants Program’s request for proposals (RFP).

Applications must be submitted no later than 5:00 p.m. PST, January 27, 2020

Would you like to contribute to a Collaborative project proposal? Reach out to your local MPA Collaborative Co-Chairs to get involved. Contact information is available on each Collaborative web page.

Upcoming Events

January 29 – Orange County MPA Council Mini-ROV Training

January 29 – San Diego MPA Compliance Priorities Workshop

February 8-9 – Coastal Commission’s King Tides Community Science Project

February 26 – MPA Training for Officers and Allied Agencies – San Diego County

February 26 – CA Ocean Protection Council Mtg

See All Events.

San Diego MPA Compliance Priorities Workshop

We want to hear from the San Diego community about what is happening on your beaches. Voice your concerns and be an active ocean steward by joining us for this workshop! Food will be provided, register at the link below.

Register Here

Warty Sea Cucumbers: A Story of Collaboration in California

Marine Applied Research and Exploration has released a new video showcasing a collaborative research project studying California’s warty sea cucumber inside and outside of marine protected areas (MPAs).

Watch the Video. 

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Northern Channel Islands MPAs Earn Blue Park Award

On October 24, 2019 in Oslo, Norway at the Our Ocean Conference, Marine Conservation Institute and its international science council awarded six outstanding marine protected areas (MPAs) Blue Park designation, including those around the Northern Channel Islands. 

Learn more. 

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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