Orange County

MPA Council


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.

Past Projects

In-kind Contributions to Orange County Marine Protected Area Management: A project to quantify the value of services added by their MPA Collaborative. Completed in 2016. Published in 2019.

“This study illuminates the estimated contributions that entities are providing, without the requirement of a legal mandate, to further management of Orange County’s MPAs. This in-kind support enhances many aspects of effective MPA functioning, including scientific monitoring and research; outreach, education, and building compliance with MPA regulations; fundraising; and more.”

Current Projects

Guide to Tidepool Exploration in Orange County’s MPAs

This handy guide highlights some of the species that can be spotted within tidepools around Orange County.

Download the brochure (.pdf)

Guide to Orange County MPAs

This brochure provides general information and a map of Orange County’s MPAs.

Download the brochure (.pdf)


Leadership Team

Ray Hiemstra


Associate Director of Programs, Orange County Coastkeeper


Bernice Villanueva


Sea Grant Education Programs Manager, City of Dana Point

Fiscal Sponsor


This page was last updated on December 6, 2018