The Los Angeles MPA Collaborative channels broad and diverse perspectives to build ocean resilience and promote the cultural, recreational, and ecological value of Los Angeles County’s marine protected areas. To better serve LA’s culturally and ethnically diverse communities with specialized information on marine protected areas, the LA Collaborative is working to develop a strategy for working with community-based groups on MPA outreach.
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MPA Community Compliance Forum
The MPA Collaborative Network held Community Compliance Forums for each coastal county as part of a multi-year Compliance Initiative funded by the Ocean Protection Council. The Forums provided space for local stakeholders to voice their MPA, ocean, and coastal compliance concerns and brainstorm ideas to address those concerns.
Bilingual MPA Fishing Guide
The LA Collaborative developed a bilingual (Spanish/English) LA fishing and MPA guide. The guide can be found throughout LA County in select locations including tackle shops, tourism, and interpretive centers. Posters were also created based on the brochures in both English and Spanish and distributed through Collaborative members to hang in bait shops, boat launches, and other targeted areas to educate visitors and anglers.
MPA Speakers Bureau
Developed an MPA speakers’ training program and provided a pilot MPA Speakers Bureau training at Catalina Island for regional community members. Speakers’ kits were created and will be available for use in the field by participating speakers at four sites, including two on Catalina. In collaboration with and funding from the Catalina MPA Collaborative.
Honor the Ocean Community Event
Honor the Ocean: A Celebration of Los Angeles’ Indigenous Maritime Peoples and Marine Protected Areas, a community event developed and hosted by the LA Collaborative with participation by several partner organizations including but not limited to USC Sea Grant, Heal the Bay, Wishtoyo Chumash Foundation, and Los Angeles Waterkeeper. The event, which occurs every other year, has successfully taken place at Zuma Beach in the Point Dume State Marine Conservation Area in 2016 and 2018.
Los Angeles County Mainland Marine Protected Areas Beach User Survey Report
A final summary of the data collected from in-person surveys to assess the patterns of use of beaches adjacent to Marine Protected Area: Point Dume and Point Vicente.
Los Angeles MPA Collaborative Leadership Team
LA Collaborative Co-Chair
Marine Programs Director, Los Angeles Waterkeeper
LA Collaborative Co-Chair
Sea Grant Education Programs Manager, USC
Los Angeles MPA Collaborative Members
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- Wishtoyo Chumash Foundation
- Cabrillo Marine Aquarium
- California Science Center
- California Department of Fish and Wildlife
- California State Parks
- City of Malibu – Environmental Sustainability Dept.
- City of Palos Verdes Estates Police Department
- City of Rancho Palos Verdes
- Department of Defense
- Heal the Bay
- LA County Dept. of Beaches and Harbors
- LA County Fire Department
- LA Waterkeeper
- Occidental College/Vantuna Research Group
- Port of Los Angeles
- Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy
- Santa Monica Bay Restoration Foundation
- Terranea Resort
- USC Sea Grant
- Coastal Conservation Association California
- Los Angeles Rod & Reel Club