California Marine Protected Area Collaborative
In 2012, California became the first state in the nation to implement a network of 124 marine protected areas (MPAs). These underwater parks aim to protect habitats, help recover species, and promote recreation, research, and education.
Our organization, the MPA Collaborative Network (The Network), exists to support local stewardship of California MPAs. The Network is made up of fourteen chapters, or Collaboratives, spanning the coast from Del Norte to San Diego County. Each Collaborative identifies local issues and engages it members to address ocean management needs in the areas of outreach and education, enforcement and compliance, and research and monitoring. The Collaboratives are made up of local government agencies, ocean businesses, non-profit organizations, aquaria, scientists, tribal members, and fishing representatives.
We are harnessing the power of these local communities to explore the ocean using the Trident ROVs. We will be learning, doing science, and educating as we go. Collaborative projects will focus on two main areas: 1) Outreach and education of California MPAs to varied audiences, and 2) Pilot projects involving citizen scientist and developing protocols to monitor MPAs.