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Stay home, save lives, and stay busy with these resources

The MPA Collaborative Network wants to share your resources, products, and programs with our Statewide Network. In a time when everyone is sheltering at home, schools are closed, public events are canceled, and you have to maintain at least six feet of distance from...

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What is cooler than a cucumber – a sea cucumber!

Author: Natasha Benjamin, Marine Research and Exploration (MARE) March 2020Sea cucumbers are an important component of the sub-tidal zone, feeding on benthic waste and recycling nutrients. They are the “earth worms” of the seafloor. ​Similar to other sea cucumber...

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MPA Outreach and PORTS Home Learning Programs

California State Parks' MPA Outreach and Education Team were ready to hit the ground running in response to recent school closures. Funded by the Ocean Protection Council, the MPA Outreach and Education Project has been providing "traditional" in-park MPA educational...

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SUMMER Snapshot Cal Coast 2020

Snapshot Cal Coast is an annual statewide effort to document California’s coastal biodiversity over two weeks every summer. Snapshot Cal Coast is a community campaign that encourages and provides opportunities for people to make and share observations of plants,...

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A Story of Homecoming

What Marine Protected Areas Mean to Me Written by Aubrie Fowler, MPA Collaborative Network South Coast Specialist   In a world where hoarders are kings, hand sanitizer and TP are the new currency, sweats are the latest ‘office’ fashion trend, the 405 is traffic-less,...

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MPA Art Challenge

What do marine protected areas (MPAs) mean to you? Participate in the MPA Collaborative Network's #MPAartchallenge and show us what MPAs mean to you! Create a piece of art showcasing what comes to your mind when you think of marine protected areas. All ages are...

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Applying a Climate Change Lens to California’s MPA Network

Authors: Bryn Power, CSU COAST Science-Policy Intern, and Hayley Carter, Senior Science Officer, California Ocean Science Trust Photos: Michael LanghanExpanding the Tools Available to Tackle Our Changing Ocean  In California, climate change poses risks to California’s...

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