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The Orange County Marine Protected Area Council (OCMPAC) is the state’s oldest MPA Collaborative, started in 1999.

OCMPAC is a collaboration of city and county officials, institutional representatives, environmental advocates, academic faculty and nonprofit organization members. OCMPAC’s accomplishments have included county-wide signage, enforcement trainings, education programs, research & monitoring, and teacher workshops. Based on their success, OCMPAC was used as a model for the development of the statewide network of collaboratives. In addition to establishing programs for docent education, public outreach, and consistent enforcement, OCMPAC is actively engaged in a range of citizen science projects that monitor the health of Orange County’s MPAs, and is currently proposing a project to quantify the value of services added by their MPA Collaborative.

If you are interested in participating in the Orange County Collaborative, please contact us.

Fiscal Sponsor


Leadership Team

Collaborative Co-Chair
Jeremy Frimond, City of Laguna Beach

Collaborative Co-Chair
Bernice (BB) Villanueva, City of Dana Point