Santa Barbara Channel

MPA Collaborative


The Santa Barbara Channel Collaborative has successfully convened a diverse membership representing tribal, fishing, academic, agency and nonprofit groups throughout Santa Barbara and Ventura County.

Past Projects

MPA Awareness Campaign: Through a series of educational and recreational activities, Collaborative members raised the profile of local protected areas in fishing, diving, and boating trips. They created an MPA art exhibit and highlighting local protected areas at the Santa Barbara Ocean Day Festival and at Underwater Parks Day.

MPA Recreational Brochure:

Recreational Brochure: Explore Santa Barbara’s MPAs (.pdf)

Current Projects

Interactive MPA Map Update: Updated a map that is currently available as part of a MPA exhibit in the Santa Barbara Natural History Museum’s Sea Center and on the CINMS website.

MPA Boundary Brochure: Developed a brochure piloting boundary identification of MPAs to help boaters better identify MPA boundaries to improve enforcement and compliance.

MPA Resiliency Outreach: Highlighted research and results from UCSB’s research that indicates MPAs are more resilient to invasive algal species.

Coal Oil Point MPA Exhibit: Developed a MPA exhibit to be housed at the new Nature Center located at Coal Oil Point.

Santa Barbara Channel
MPA Collaborative Leadership Team

Julie Bursek

SB Channel Collaborative Co-Chair

Education & Outreach Team Lead, CINMS


Kristen Hislop

SB Channel Collaborative Co-Chair

SMarine Conservation Program Director, Environmental Defense Center

Fiscal Sponsor

Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History


This page was last updated on November 15, 2018