Collaborative Network Hosts North Coast Forum 

On November 17th, 2015, the MPA Collaborative Network convened 75 delegates including tribal leaders, scientists, fishermen, agencies, and NGOs at an all-day North Coast Collaborative Forum in Fortuna, California.

Over twenty tribal members participated in the forum.  Tribal members attended a closed session over lunch, and proposed convening a concurrent tribal collaborative to address tribal-specific issues that relate to North Coast marine protected areas.  Tribal members would continue to participate in their local county based collaborative in addition to the tribal committee.

Fishermen that attended the forum expressed interest in exploring ways they can participate in adaptive management through monitoring projects, and highlighted the need for continued engagement of commercial and recreational fishers in MPA collaboratives.

Representatives from all twelve North Coast baseline monitoring projects gave brief presentations on their studies and initial findings, followed by questions and discussion.

Since all four North Coast collaboratives are pursuing video projects, a panel was convened to discuss lessons learned from past efforts and make plans to share resources.  

Representatives from the Redfish Rocks Community Team in Port Orford, Oregon provided a presentation on their Oregon collaborative and the process of developing a strategic plan for the ongoing localized management of their marine protected area.  

This will serve as an excellent example for California MPA Collaboratives, who will prepare strategic mission statements expressing their top line priorities in 2016.