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MPA Update: Fishing communities discuss protected areas impacts

MPA Update: Fishing communities discuss protected areas impacts

“We’re getting hit from all sides,” says a fisherman from Crescent City during a virtual focus group discussion. “If it isn’t the environment, it’s management.” Over the last decade, California established an extensive network of marine protected areas (MPAs) along...

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MPA Watch: Summarizing 10 Years of Human Use Data

MPA Watch: Summarizing 10 Years of Human Use Data

Marine Protected Area (MPA) Watch is a network of programs that support healthy oceans through community science by collecting human use data in and around our protected areas. A variety of standardized and custom data reports are available, including standardized...

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Compliance and Enforcement Updates for Summer 2020

Compliance and Enforcement Updates for Summer 2020

As one of the three focus areas of the MPA Collaborative Network (CN), we realize the importance of compliance and enforcement, especially how engaging allied agencies (e.g. lifeguards, State Parks, peace officers, and county officials), impacts the performance of...

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Diving in Crystal Cove State Marine Conservation Area

Diving in Crystal Cove State Marine Conservation Area

Time to make some bubbles and dive into Crystal Cove State Marine Conservation Area! In this story from Todd Shanklin, Orange Coast District, California State Parks, he describes SCUBA diving in the marine protected area (MPA) adjacent to Crystal Cove State Park. On...

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Stay home, save lives, and stay busy with these resources

Stay home, save lives, and stay busy with these resources

The MPA Collaborative Network wants to share your resources, products, and programs with our Statewide Network. In a time when everyone is sheltering at home, schools are closed, public events are canceled, and you have to maintain at least six feet of distance from...

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What is cooler than a cucumber – a sea cucumber!

What is cooler than a cucumber – a sea cucumber!

Author: Natasha Benjamin, Marine Research and Exploration (MARE) March 2020Sea cucumbers are an important component of the sub-tidal zone, feeding on benthic waste and recycling nutrients. They are the “earth worms” of the seafloor. ​Similar to other sea cucumber...

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