The Los Angeles MPA Collaborative channels broad and diverse perspectives to build ocean resilience and promote the cultural, recreational, and ecological value of Los Angeles County’s marine protected areas. To better serve LA’s culturally and ethnically diverse communities with specialized information on marine protected areas, the LA Collaborative is working to develop a strategy for working with community-based groups on MPA outreach. Interested in joining the LA MPA Collaborative? Reach out to the Co-Chairs.
LA Event Calendars
Education & Outreach Resources
Bilingual MPA Fishing Guide
The LA Collaborative developed a bilingual (Spanish/English) LA fishing and MPA guide. The guide can be found throughout LA County in select locations including tackle shops, tourism, and interpretive centers. Posters were also created based on the brochures in both English and Spanish and distributed through Collaborative members to hang in bait shops, boat launches, and other targeted areas to educate visitors and anglers.
MPA Speakers Bureau
Developed an MPA speakers’ training program and provided a pilot MPA Speakers Bureau training at Catalina Island for regional community members. Speakers’ kits were created and will be available for use in the field by participating speakers at four sites, including two on Catalina. In collaboration with and funding from the Catalina MPA Collaborative.
Honor the Ocean Community Event
Honor the Ocean: A Celebration of Los Angeles’ Indigenous Maritime Peoples and Marine Protected Areas, a community event developed and hosted by the LA Collaborative with participation by several partner organizations including but not limited to USC Sea Grant, Heal the Bay, Wishtoyo Chumash Foundation, and Los Angeles Waterkeeper. The event, which occurs every other year, has successfully taken place at Zuma Beach in the Point Dume State Marine Conservation Area in 2016 and 2018.
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 Del Norte Expeditions below on National Geographics digital field journal platform, Open Explorer.
Los Angeles MPA Collaborative Leadership Team
LA Collaborative Co-Chair
Marine Programs Director, Los Angeles Waterkeeper
LA Collaborative Co-Chair
Sea Grant Education Programs Manager, USC
Los Angeles MPA Collaborative Members
Are you interested in joining the LA Collaborative? Please reach out to the Co-Chairs.
Wishtoyo Chumash Foundation
Cabrillo Marine Aquarium
California Science Center
California Department of Fish and Wildlife
California State Parks
City of Malibu – Environmental Sustainability Dept.
City of Palos Verdes Estates Police Department
City of Rancho Palos Verdes
Department of Defense
Heal the Bay
This page was last updated 1/03/2020