Empowering California's Coastal Communities

in the stewardship of California’s marine protected areas

MPA Collaborative Network COVID-19 Response

The health and wellbeing of all MPA Collaborative Network members and partners is of the utmost importance to us. Therefore, following CDC recommendations of social distancing to prevent the spread of COVID-19, Collaborative Network events will primarily be held using virtual video conference technology.

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New and Noteworthy

MPA Watch 2019 Annual Data Reports Available on the MPA Watch Website

MPA Watch 2019 Annual Data Reports Available on the MPA Watch Website

MPA Watch reports provide a snapshot of human use of coastal and marine resources in California. Reports for the ...
SUMMER Snapshot Cal Coast 2020

SUMMER Snapshot Cal Coast 2020

Snapshot Cal Coast is an annual statewide effort to document California’s coastal biodiversity over two weeks every
Exploring California’s Marine Protected Areas: Swami’s State Marine Conservation Area

Exploring California’s Marine Protected Areas: Swami’s State Marine Conservation Area

Located offshore of Encinitas about 50 miles north of the United States-Mexico border, Swami’s State Marine ...
A Story of Homecoming

A Story of Homecoming

What Marine Protected Areas Mean to Me Written by Aubrie Fowler, MPA Collaborative Network South Coast ...
MPA Art Challenge

MPA Art Challenge

What do marine protected areas (MPAs) mean to you? Participate in the MPA Collaborative Network's #MPAartchallenge ...
A Model of Collaboration: The Orange County Marine Protected Area Council

A Model of Collaboration: The Orange County Marine Protected Area Council

In order to provide continued protection within those now historical MPAs, a partnership of city and county ...
Exploring California’s Marine Protected Areas: Montara State Marine Reserve

Exploring California’s Marine Protected Areas: Montara State Marine Reserve

Summer temperatures in California’s land-locked central valley can soar above 100 degrees Fahrenheit, forcing ...
Exploring California’s Marine Protected Areas: Lovers Point-Julia Platt State Marine Reserve

Exploring California’s Marine Protected Areas: Lovers Point-Julia Platt State Marine Reserve

Monterey beckons to people who love the seaside. Families, kayakers, divers, and photographers flock to its ...

What is the MPA Collaborative Network?

We are a network of…

600+ members

385 represented organizations

14 Collaboratives

…working together to steward California’s 124+ marine protected areas (MPAs)

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The Collaborative Network provides structure for addressing local ocean management needs.