San Diego

The San Diego Collaborative includes diverse representatives from over 30 organizations across San Diego County.

San Diego MPA Collaborative Projects

MPA Ambassador Program: The Collaborative is currently carrying out MPA informational trainings through the MPA Ambassador Program to kayak shops and other businesses. If you or your organization would like to learn more or schedule a training please please contact Cory Pukini<=

Student Citizen Science Opportunities: WILDCOAST is partnering with Crystal Cove Alliance and Seaforth Landing to take students on Citizen Science Cruises in the South La Jolla MPAs where they will gather and analyze data on marine wildlife and conditions. The initial trips are scheduled with students from Sycuan, Valley Center, Jamul and San Ysidro. If you would like to volunteer on one of these outings, learn more about the project for a student group you are connected with or join as an elected official/agency representative please contact co-chair Zach Plopper.

Since its inception in 2012, the Collaborative has worked to identify and address numerous issues surrounding local marine protected areas, beginning with a successful request to the Fish and Game Commission to add “La Jolla” to the Matlahuyal State Marine Reserve for identification purposes. Members have spearheaded signage installation and development, and produced and distributed 10,000 recreational brochures and fishing guides across San Diego County to enhance local understanding and compliance with marine protected areas. They have also worked to integrate Kumeyaay tribal practices and history into local interpretive panels and recreational brochures.

If you are interested in participating in the San Diego Collaborative, please contact co-chair Zach Plopper.

Fiscal Sponsor


Leadership Team

Collaborative Co-Chair
Zach Plopper, WILDCOAST

Collaborative Co-Chair
Isabelle Kay, UC San Diego Natural Reserve System

Collaborative Co-Chair
Katherine Weldon, City of Encinitas