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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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 ...
MPA update: Sandy beaches and surf zones offer clues to ocean health

MPA update: Sandy beaches and surf zones offer clues to ocean health

“One more time, I’m going to start the camera now,” Jessica Madden takes a deep breath and dives ten feet down to ...
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 ...
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 ...

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.