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The South Coast Monitoring Survey is now available! Those actively involved in managing or overseeing monitoring efforts in the South Coast are invited to participate in this online survey, available through Wednesday, September 21, 2016.
The South Coast is home to extensive ocean and coastal expertise. Collaboration and partnerships that build upon existing capacity in the region are key to developing a cost-effective, efficient statewide MPA monitoring program.
About the Monitoring Survey
The South Coast Monitoring Survey will help California Ocean Science Trust and its partners at California Department of Fish and Wildlife and the California Ocean Protection Council to:
Determine the geographic and temporal coverage of monitoring activities inside and outside of South Coast MPAs;
Learn how those monitoring activities connect with metrics identified in the South Coast MPA Monitoring Plan;
Identify data gaps and overlaps in South Coast monitoring efforts in the region; and
Highlight opportunities for partnership and collaboration to leverage resources, avoid duplication of effort, expand the community of people and organizations involved in monitoring, and increase opportunities for monitoring results to inform processes beyond MPA management.
Survey results will be publicly available in Fall 2016 on OceanSpaces.org through an interactive dashboard.
Please forward this information to your colleagues and peers leading South Coast monitoring projects!
South Coast Ocean Community Questionnaire
If you are not a monitoring project lead and would like to share your monitoring interests and priorities, we invite you to complete the South Coast Ocean Community Questionnaire!