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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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Otters and Online Lessons: The San Luis Obispo Marine Protected Area Collaborative

Otters and Online Lessons: The San Luis Obispo Marine Protected Area Collaborative

Diverse marine habitats are a hallmark of California’s central coast region, from sandy beaches and dune ...
Exploring California’s Marine Protected Areas: Cabrillo State Marine Reserve

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

If you’ve never been tidepooling, the Point Loma tidepools in San Diego are a good place to start. These tidepools ...
Sonoma Marine Protected Area Collaborative: Connecting Land and Sea

Sonoma Marine Protected Area Collaborative: Connecting Land and Sea

Sonoma County offers some of California’s most iconic landscapes, from towering redwood trees to rolling hills ...
Exploring California’s Marine Protected Areas: Cambria State Marine Conservation Area

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

Along Highway 1 nestled between the cities of San Simeon and Cambria in San Luis Obispo County is a 5.8 mile ...
MPA update: Monitoring California’s iconic kelp forests

MPA update: Monitoring California’s iconic kelp forests

Some of California’s most important forests don’t have trees. Up and down the West Coast, kelp—a large, plant-like ...
Teacher Toolkits and Tribal Traditions: The Humboldt Marine Protected Area Collaborative

Teacher Toolkits and Tribal Traditions: The Humboldt Marine Protected Area Collaborative

Humboldt County is home to some of the most remote marine protected areas (MPAs) in California. The county’s eight ...
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 ...
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

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.