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MPA Collaborative Network Project Library

Across the State, Collaboratives have created products aimed at educating their local communities about California’s network of marine protected areas and other ocean resources. Find out more about each project through this portal.

Learn more about the Collaborative Network’s

Mini-ROV Program

Collaboratives up and down the coast, from Del Norte to San Diego County, will be utilizing and testing Trident ROVs to explore the ocean. Projects will focus on outreach and education of California’s Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) and monitoring of MPAs through citizen science and developing new protocols.

Management of California’s Network of MPAs is a group effort

Dive Deeper into the MPA Management Program

California’s MPAs are managed through the MPA Management Program. The MPA Management Program is a collaboration between the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, the California Ocean Protection Council, the California Fish and Game Commission, and the MPA Statewide Leadership Team (MSLT)- of which the MPA Collaborative Network is a member. The Memorandum of Understanding to Advance Management of California’s Marine Protected Area Network formally recognizes the relationship between the on-the-ground expertise provided by the Collaboratives and the managing and regulatory agencies who comprise the MSLT.

Further your knowledge of MPA Collaboratives with these


Valuation of In-Kind Contributions to Orange County Marine Protected Area Management

Blue Earth Consultants conducted a valuation of in-kind contributions made by non-State members of Orange County Marine Protected Area Council (OCMPAC) to MPA management activities in Orange County. As the California Collaborative Approach continues to develop, there is a need to understand the contribution of the Community Collaboratives to the management and protection of California’s coastal and marine resources. Blue Earth Consultants established a replicable methodology for quantifying the value of in-kind contributions made through local partnerships and collaborations related to conservation and protection of natural resources. Read this case study published in the Journal of Ocean and Coastal Management in 2019.

More MPA Resources was created to serve as an online library for marine protected area materials. You will find a suite of resources, both physical and digital, created by organizations statewide to complement MPA education and outreach programs in California. is apart of the California Marine Sanctuary Foundation’s MPA Outreach and Education Initiative.

California Open Data Portal

California has launched a new open data platform for the long-term curation and public access to all state-funded data collection on natural resources, including MPAs. The system allows for powerful keyword searches, preview capabilities, and easy connection with other existing data repositories. In addition, the platform will house raw data, technical reports, workshop proceedings, grey literature, and other supporting information from California’s MPAs. previously served as California’s go-to place for the latest information on monitoring the state’s MPA network. As the California Department of Fish and Wildlife and the California Ocean Protection Council develop new products and platforms for showcasing MPA work, this site will act as a bridge, providing existing information on MPAs and fisheries in California.

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