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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Exploring California’s Marine Protected Areas: Ten Mile Beach State Marine Conservation Area and Ten Mile State Marine Reserve

Exploring California’s Marine Protected Areas: Ten Mile Beach State Marine Conservation Area and Ten Mile State Marine Reserve

Winding along Highway 1 north of Fort Bragg takes you through coastal plains, patches of forest, and hidden dunes, ...
Wags & Waves: An Opportunity to Honor California’s Wildlife Officers

Wags & Waves: An Opportunity to Honor California’s Wildlife Officers

A typical day at the Bali Hai Restaurant includes tables filled with excited tourists chowing down on Polynesian ...
New Report Identifies Gaps in MPA Outreach and Education in California

New Report Identifies Gaps in MPA Outreach and Education in California

“The recreational fishing community remains an underserved audience.” This is among a number of key findings ...
Party Boat Operators to Face Stiffer Penalties for Violations within MPAs

Party Boat Operators to Face Stiffer Penalties for Violations within MPAs

Large strides have recently been made to ensure the compliance of regulations within California’s network of MPAs. ...
Exploring California’s Marine Protected Areas: Morro Bay State Marine Recreational Management Area and Morro Bay State Marine Reserve

Exploring California’s Marine Protected Areas: Morro Bay State Marine Recreational Management Area and Morro Bay State Marine Reserve

As you drive on Highway 1 into Morro Bay, San Luis Obispo County, a towering rock comes into view marking the edge ...
Exploring California’s Marine Protected Areas: Point Dume State Marine Reserve and Point Dume State Marine Conservation Area

Exploring California’s Marine Protected Areas: Point Dume State Marine Reserve and Point Dume State Marine Conservation Area

Just over 30 miles due west of downtown Los Angeles, one of the world’s most popular coastal destinations — Malibu ...
Exploring California’s Marine Protected Areas: Soquel Canyon State Marine Conservation Area

Exploring California’s Marine Protected Areas: Soquel Canyon State Marine Conservation Area

Soquel Canyon State Marine Conservation Area (SMCA) lies deep within scenic, half moon-shaped Monterey Bay, where ...
Exploring California’s Marine Protected Areas: Blue Cavern Onshore State Marine Conservation Area and Blue Cavern Offshore State Marine Conservation Area

Exploring California’s Marine Protected Areas: Blue Cavern Onshore State Marine Conservation Area and Blue Cavern Offshore State Marine Conservation Area

Just twenty miles off the coast of Los Angeles, Santa Catalina Island is home to about 4,000 people and nine marine

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.