San Diego

MPA Collaborative


The San Diego Collaborative includes diverse representatives from over 30 organizations across San Diego County. Since its inception in 2012, the Collaborative has worked to identify and address numerous issues surrounding local marine protected areas, beginning with a successful request to the Fish and Game Commission to add a “no collecting” icon to State Marine Reserve signage. Members have spearheaded signage installation and development and produced and distributed 10,000 recreational brochures and fishing guides across San Diego County to enhance local understanding and compliance with marine protected areas. They have also worked to integrate Kumeyaay tribal practices and history into local interpretive panels and recreational brochures.

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E-News: San Diego County MPA Collaborative

This article is part of a series by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife Marine Management News featuring each of the MPA Collaboratives in the MPA Collaborative Network.

Exploring California's Marine Protected Areas

A series by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife Marine Management News exploring California’s MPAs. Select articles featuring MPAs of San Diego County are linked below.

South La Jolla State Marine Reserve

Submarine Canyon Habitats

California cracks down on poaching in marine protected areas, but small-time anglers slip under the radar

This article by Joshua Emerson Smith of The San Diego Union-Tribune features the MPA Collaborative Network and the work member organizations are doing.


San Diego Wildlife and Recreation Guide

The San Diego Collaborative created, printed, and distributed 8000 copies of the San Diego MPA Wildlife and Recreation Guide to increase public knowledge of MPAs and improve compliance with MPA regulations. The recreation guide boasts an inset of beautiful species illustrations that can be shared across the region.

MPA Outreach Toolkits

The San Diego Collaborative created MPA Curriculum for grades 1st – 5th, 6th – 8th, and High School.  Curricula focuses on the Sandy Shore Habitat, Intertidal Habitat, Climate Change and MPA Science, and MPA Watch.  OutreachToolkits were produced to feature the new MPA curriculum. Lesson plans are conveniently packaged along with materials and related activities for environmental educators. One hundred Outreach Toolkits are to be distributed to teachers and docent groups in San Diego County to improve MPA education, outreach, compliance and stewardship among approximately 3,000 students and MPA visitors in San Diego County. 

MPA Ambassador Program

The Collaborative carries out MPA informational trainings through the MPA Ambassador Program to kayak shops and other businesses. If you or your organization would like to learn more or schedule a training please contact Co-Chair Cory Pukini (contact below).

The “Floating Laboratory” Project

WILDCOAST, partnering with Crystal Cove Conservancy and Seaforth Landing, takes students on citizen science cruises in the South La Jolla MPAs where they gather and analyze data on marine wildlife and ocean conditions. 

San Diego MPAs Video

San Diego County MPA Collaborative Leadership Team

Cory Pukini

San Diego MPA Collaborative Co-Chair

California Conservation Manager, WILDCOAST


Jayme Timberlake

San Diego MPA Collaborative Co-Chair

Coastal Zone Program Manager, City of Encinitas


Isabelle Kay

San Diego MPA Collaborative Co-Chair

Administrative Director and Reserves Manager, UC San Diego Natural Reserve System

San Diego County MPA Collaborative Members

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