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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Beyond Cannery Row: The Monterey Marine Protected Area Collaborative

Beyond Cannery Row: The Monterey Marine Protected Area Collaborative

Monterey has built its reputation on abundant marine resources and scenic bay waters. Visitors flock to see the sea
Exploring California’s Marine Protected Areas: Submarine Canyon Habitats

Exploring California’s Marine Protected Areas: Submarine Canyon Habitats

Deep and mysterious waters lie just off California’s coast, sometimes within a stone’s throw of the beach. A ...
Celebrating 50 Years of Protection at Fitzgerald Marine Reserve

Celebrating 50 Years of Protection at Fitzgerald Marine Reserve

The Fitzgerald Marine Reserve, located along the California coast just north of Half Moon Bay in Moss Beach, is a ...
Exploring California’s Marine Protected Areas: Sea Lion Cove State Marine Conservation Area

Exploring California’s Marine Protected Areas: Sea Lion Cove State Marine Conservation Area

The Point Arena Lighthouse is a popular landmark to visit along California’s picturesque Mendocino Coast. Standing ...
Applying a Climate Change Lens to California’s MPA Network

Applying a Climate Change Lens to California’s MPA Network

Authors: Bryn Power, CSU COAST Science-Policy Intern, and Hayley Carter, Senior Science Officer, California Ocean ...
Evaluation of two outreach tools, an educator program and a mobile tidepool exhibit, in reducing deleterious visitor activities and raising 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 raising 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 ...
Exploring California’s Marine Protected Areas: Big River Estuary State Marine Conservation Area

Exploring California’s Marine Protected Areas: Big River Estuary State Marine Conservation Area

Big River Estuary State Marine Conservation Area (SMCA) is a small marine protected area located just south of the ...
Exploring California’s Marine Protected Areas: Reading Rock State Marine Conservation Area and Reading Rock State Marine Reserve

Exploring California’s Marine Protected Areas: Reading Rock State Marine Conservation Area and Reading Rock State Marine Reserve

Imagine cruising along Highway 101, enjoying one of California’s most scenic drives north of San Francisco. As the ...

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.