Empowering California's Coastal Communities

in the stewardship of California’s marine protected areas

MPA Collaborative Network COVID-19 Response

The health and wellbeing of all MPA Collaborative Network members and partners is of the utmost importance to us. Therefore, following CDC recommendations of social distancing to prevent the spread of COVID-19, Collaborative Network events will primarily be held using virtual video conference technology.

Upcoming Events

Monterey MPA Collaborative General Meeting

Monterey MPA Collaborative General Meeting

March 9,2021, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

We invite you to join us for our spring quarter Monterey MPA Collaborative meeting on Tuesday, March 9 at 2:00 ...
California Coastal Commission Meeting

California Coastal Commission Meeting

March 10,2021 All Day

Commission meetings occur once a month in different locations within California to facilitate public participation.
Sonoma MPA Collaborative Meeting

Sonoma MPA Collaborative Meeting

March 15,2021, 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Please join the Sonoma Marine Protected Area Collaborative on Monday, March 15th from 3-5 pm for a meeting ...
Fish and Game Commission: Marine Resources Committee Meeting

Fish and Game Commission: Marine Resources Committee Meeting

March 16,2021 All Day

All meetings are open to the public. All meeting information, including location, time and agenda can be found ...
Fish and Game Commission: Tribal Committee Meeting

Fish and Game Commission: Tribal Committee Meeting

April 13,2021 All Day

All meetings are open to the public. All meeting information, including location, time and agenda can be found ...
California Coastal Commission Meeting

California Coastal Commission Meeting

April 14,2021 All Day

Commission meetings occur once a month in different locations within California to facilitate public participation.
Fish and Game Commission Meeting

Fish and Game Commission Meeting

April 14,2021 All Day

All meetings are open to the public. All meeting information, including location, time and agenda can be found ...
OCMPAC General Meeting

OCMPAC General Meeting

April 22,2021, 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Register in advance for the OCMPAC General Meeting ...

New and Noteworthy

Exploring California’s Marine Protected Areas: Asilomar State Marine Reserve

Exploring California’s Marine Protected Areas: Asilomar State Marine Reserve

After taking a virtual walk along Monterey Bay’s Coastal Recreation Trail through the California Department of Fish
MPA Watch 2020 annual reports are available!

MPA Watch 2020 annual reports are available!

MPA Watch annual reports for the period starting January 1, 2020 and ending December 31, 2020 are now available on ...
The West Coast Ocean Tribal Caucus Releases Tribal Engagement Guidance Document

The West Coast Ocean Tribal Caucus Releases Tribal Engagement Guidance Document

The West Coast Ocean Tribal Caucus is pleased to announce the release of “Guidance and Responsibilities for ...
CDFW Wildlife Officer Works with Multiple Agencies to Stop Suspected Abalone Poachers in the Act

CDFW Wildlife Officer Works with Multiple Agencies to Stop Suspected Abalone Poachers in the Act

On the night of Jan. 30, 2021, a California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) law enforcement officer based ...
Evidence that spillover from Marine Protected Areas benefits the spiny lobster (Panulirus interruptus) fishery in southern California

Evidence that spillover from Marine Protected Areas benefits the spiny lobster (Panulirus interruptus) fishery in southern California

Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) are designed to enhance biodiversity and ecosystem services. Some MPAs are also ...
California Marine Sanctuary Foundation releases fifth content packet for the MPA Social Media Campaign

California Marine Sanctuary Foundation releases fifth content packet for the MPA Social Media Campaign

Content from the California Marine Sanctuary Foundation: We are excited to be sending out the fifth content packet ...
Marine Protected Areas: Research & Monitoring

Marine Protected Areas: Research & Monitoring

Are marine protected areas working?In order to understand whether marine protected areas (MPAs) are doing their job
MPA update: A deep dive into the mid-depth rocky reef

MPA update: A deep dive into the mid-depth rocky reef

Just beyond California’s kelp forests, patches of rock and sandy seafloor stretch from about 100 feet to over 300 ...

What is the MPA Collaborative Network?

We are a network of…

600+ members

385 represented organizations

14 Collaboratives

…working together to steward California’s 124+ marine protected areas (MPAs)

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The Collaborative Network provides structure for addressing local ocean management needs.