MPA Collaborative


The Sonoma Collaborative includes scientific institutions, environmental NGOs, tribal governments, and agencies interested in raising awareness of marine protected areas amongst coastal residents and visitors.

Collaborative members are putting together an engaging public outreach campaign on Sonoma Coast protected areas targeting local residents, tribes, the fishing community, students, and millions of coastal visitors. To reach this diverse audience, the Collaborative is producing five themed video modules and will distribute them using the internet, social media, coastal tourist venues, Sonoma County schools and a mobile marine education vehicle being developed by Stewards of the Coast and Redwoods. They are aggressively seeking matching funding for their project from local foundations as well as from the Sonoma County Fish and Wildlife Commission.

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MPA Community Compliance Forum

The MPA Collaborative Network held Community Compliance Forums for each coastal county as part of a multi-year Compliance Initiative funded by the Ocean Protection Council. The Forums provided space for local stakeholders to voice their MPA, ocean, and coastal compliance concerns and brainstorm ideas to address those concerns. 

MPA Video Series

A series of four videos about Sonoma’s connections to MPAs and the Coast. The series features a short PSA about why we need MPAs, how fishing and Sonoma’s MPAs intersect, an educational video about tidepools and tide-pooling etiquette, and a Tribal Traditions video highlighting how the Kashia Band of Pomo Indians are uniquely positioned through their long history and traditional practices and values to be an important partner in the recovery of Sonoma’s coastal resources. The Kashia Pomo Tribal Traditions in the MPA video was chosen as an Official Selection for the 18th annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival, the largest environmental film festival in the country!

Sonoma MPA Collaborative Leadership Team

Suzanne Olyarnik

Sonoma MPA Collaborative Co-Chair

Reserve Director, Bodega Marine Reserve

Michele Luna

Sonoma MPA Collaborative Co-Chair

Executive Director, Stewards of the Coast and Redwoods

Sonoma MPA Collaborative Members

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Dry Creek Rancheria Band of Pomo Indians
Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria
Koi Nation of the Lower Lake Rancheria
Kashia Band of Pomo Indians of Stewarts Point Rancheria
Bodega Land Trust
Bodega Marine Reserve
BLM – California Coastal National Monument
California Academy of Sciences
California Dept. of Fish and Wildlife
California State Parks
Farallones National Marine Sanctuary Association
Fort Ross Conservancy
Goldridge Resource Conservation District
Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary

Madrone Audubon Society
Point Blue
Redwood Coast Land Conservancy
Sonoma Coast Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District
Sonoma County Conservation Action
Sonoma County Regional Parks
Sonoma County Water Agency
Sonoma Land Trust
Stewards of the Coast and Redwoods
Surfrider Foundation – Sonoma Coast Chapter
US Coast Guard Auxillary – Bodega Bay Station
Wildlands Conservancy
Marine Marine Mammal Center
National Marine Fisheries Service

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