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Exploring California's Marine Protected Areas

A series by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife Marine Management News exploring California’s MPAs. Articles featuring MPAs off the coast of Santa Catalina Island are linked below.

Casino Point State Marine Conservation Area

Blue Cavern Onshore State Marine Conservation Area and Blue Cavern Offshore State Marine Conservation Area


Catalina MPA Signage

Collaborative members created a unique regulatory signage template based on other South Coast signage that is both informative and aesthetically pleasing.

MPA Outreach Materials

The Catalina Collaborative updated and reprinted previously created Catalina MPA brochures and adapted artwork into new posters for display at Catalina Island’s businesses, non-profit organizations, and public agencies. These materials will be viewable by Catalina Island residents and their 1 million-plus visitors.

MPA Speaker Series

The Catalina and Los Angeles Collaboratives developed a MPA speakers’ training program that trains speakers as ambassadors to communicate with the general public and priority boating, angling and diving communities. A presentation was provided to target groups that would benefit from greater MPA awareness and understanding at the MPA Symposium held on Catalina Island. 

MPA Training for Catalina Educators

The Catalina Collaborative, in conjunction with the Los Angeles Collaborative, held a special day of training for environmental educators that work for outdoor camps and other educational institutions who work on and off the Island. The one-day Catalina MPA Symposium at the USC Wrigley Marine Science Center in Two Harbors provided educators with an opportunity to test out a new MPA Speakers Series and discuss ways to integrate MPA education into their daily operations. 

Mini-ROV Expeditions

Marine Protected Area (MPA) Collaborative Members statewide are field-testing Trident mini-ROVs (remotely operated vehicles or underwater drones) in collaboration with SoFar Ocean, National Geographic and the S.E.E. Initiative. More information about Collaborative expeditions focusing on MPA outreach, compliance, and citizen science projects can be found on our Resources page.

Be sure to follow the Monterey Expeditions below on National Geographic’s digital field journal platform, Open Explorer. 

Catalina Island MPA Collaborative Leadership Team

Lauren Czarnecki-Oudin

Catalina MPA Collaborative Co-Chair

Laboratory Manager, USC Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies

Rebekah Rudy

Catalina MPA Collaborative Co-Chair

Conservation Operations Coordinator, Catalina Island Conservancy

David Chan

Catalina MPA Collaborative Co-Chair

Director, Pennington Marine Science Center

Catalina Island MPA Collaborative Members

Are you interested in joining the Collaborative? Please reach out to the Co-Chairs.

Avalon Harbor Master
Boy Scouts of America at Cherry Valley and Emerald Bay
Catalina Environmental Leadership Program
Catalina Island Conservancy
Catalina Island Chamber of Commerce
Catalina Island Marine Institute
Department of Defense

Descanso Beach Ocean Sports
LA County Lifeguards
LA County Sheriff
Marine Animal Rescue
Mountain and Sea Adventures
Pennington Marine Science Center
USC Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies
USC Sea Grant

Fiscal Sponsor

This page was last updated 02/20/2020