Orange County

MPA Council

About

The Orange County Marine Protected Area Council (OCMPAC) is the state’s oldest MPA Collaborative, started in 1999. OCMPAC is a collaboration of city and county officials, institutional representatives, environmental advocates, academic faculty and nonprofit organization members. OCMPAC’s accomplishments have included county-wide signage, enforcement trainings, education programsresearch & monitoring, and teacher workshops. Based on their success, OCMPAC was used as a model for the development of the statewide network of Collaboratives. In addition to establishing programs for docent education, public outreach, and consistent enforcement, OCMPAC is actively engaged in a range of citizen science projects that monitor the health of Orange County’s MPAs.

Upcoming Orange County Events

Date & Time    Event Details
Thursday,
October 22,
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Publications

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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Evaluation of two outreach tools, an educator program and a mobile tidepool exhibit, in reducing deleterious visitor activities and rasiing marine protected area awareness in rocky intertidal ecosystems of southern California, USA

Evaluation of two outreach tools, an educator program and a mobile tidepool exhibit, in reducing deleterious visitor activities and rasiing marine protected area awareness in rocky intertidal ecosystems of southern California, USA

Rocky intertidal habitats in urbanized settings, such as in southern California, USA, are heavily perturbed by human visitors (tidepoolers) through the deleterious activities of collecting, handling, and trampling. To protect rocky intertidal biota, certain locations...

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Projects

In-Kind Contributions Evaluation

A project to quantify the value of services added by their MPA Collaborative. Completed in 2016. Published in 2019.

“This study illuminates the estimated contributions that entities are providing, without the requirement of a legal mandate, to further management of Orange County’s MPAs. This in-kind support enhances many aspects of effective MPA functioning, including scientific monitoring and research; outreach, education, and building compliance with MPA regulations; fundraising; and more.”

Guide to Tidepool Exploration in Orange County MPAs Brochure

This handy guide highlights some of the species that can be spotted within tidepools around Orange County. The guide also highlights best practices for tidepooling in order to have the lowest impact on this fragile and important habitat. 

Guide to Orange County MPAs Brochure

This brochure provides general information on marine protected areas, allowed take, a map of Orange County MPAs and more.

OCMPAC Leadership Team

Ray Hiemstra

OCMPAC Co-Chair

Associate Director of Programs, Orange County Coastkeeper

 ray@coastkeeper.org

 

Lana Nguyen

OCMPAC Co-Chair

Environmental Scientist, CA State Parks Orange Coast District

lana.nguyen@parks.ca.gov

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