**This blog entry orginally appeared on the website oceanspaces.org.**/p>
About this time last year, technical reports from each of the ten South Coast marine protected area (MPA) baseline monitoring projects were rolling in. These technical reports summarize the results of a coordinated effort to monitor South Coast ecosystems, and they provide a focused look at ecological and socioeconomic conditions around the time the South Coast MPA network was implemented. Filled with hundreds of pages of data and figures, the technical reports are jam-packed with information!
To help make this information more accessible to everyone, throughout this summer and fall we will be releasing a series of ‘Snapshot Reports’ that highlight results from baseline monitoring and beyond. Taken together, the Snapshot Series will share some of the great work coming out of the investment by the State and many other partners in South Coast MPA monitoring.
We are thrilled to announce the first report of the South Coast Snapshot Series is now available!
The Rocky Intertidal Snapshot Report highlights key findings from the South Coast rocky intertidal baseline monitoring project, and reflects the work of researchers who conducted countless hours of fieldwork, analysis, and reporting from 2012-2014. This collaborative approach to South Coast baseline monitoring provides a foundation for rigorous science-informed decisions in the region, and contributes to establishing a benchmark against which future MPA performance can be measured.
Over the coming months, we will continue to release Snapshot Reports regularly, each focusing on specific baseline projects, ecosystems, and geographies in the South Coast. These snapshot reports will be key ingredients as we develop the culmination of baseline reporting in the region: the State of the California South Coast Region report, which is due to be released in early 2017. Baseline findings and reporting products will inform the California Fish and Game Commission’s five-year management review of South Coast MPAs.
We hope you will find the Rocky Intertidal Snapshot Report–and all Snapshot Reports that follow– informative and useful. Be sure to keep your eyes out later this month for the next Snapshot Report featuring kelp forests and shallow rocky reefs!
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Sarah is the Ocean Science Trust Science Integration Fellow. She brings experience in marine ecology and science education to the team, and is an avid SCUBA diver and underwater photographer.