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 Outreach and PORTS Home Learning Programs

MPA Outreach and PORTS Home Learning Programs

California State Parks' MPA Outreach and Education Team were ready to hit the ground running in response to recent ...
University of Michigan Graduate Students Team Up with the MPA Collaborative Network

University of Michigan Graduate Students Team Up with the MPA Collaborative Network

The University of Michigan School for Environment and Sustainability (SEAS) is teaming up with the MPA ...
California Marine Sanctuary Foundation Wants Your Input on a Variety of MPA Projects

California Marine Sanctuary Foundation Wants Your Input on a Variety of MPA Projects

2020 Outreach Coming to Your Area!  During Spring and Summer of 2020, CMSF will be conducting outreach in your ...
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 Update: Integrating data to assess California’s marine protected areas

MPA Update: Integrating data to assess California’s marine protected areas

Magnificent kelp forests, flowing beds of vibrant green seagrass, and enigmatic deep-sea corals are interwoven by a

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.