Effective management and enforcement is essential to protect and preserve these valuable marine resources while still allowing human uses that are compatible with resource protection. Education and outreach is a vital part of the enforcement plan by helping to inform the public about the regulations and allowed fisheries (if any) in MPAs.
Through continuous monitoring of MPAs, California is utilizing an adaptive management strategy whereby future management plans are informed by real-time monitoring results.
Scientific monitoring of our marine ecosystem is important to understand the ecological effects of implementing MPAs as management tools.
Below are a variety of monitoring and research activities being conducted on the Central Coast and also some ways citizens are able to get involved in the monitoring of their local waters.
Opportunities for the public to get involved:
Volunteer and Ocean Stewardship Opportunities (65K PDF file) - This document includes detailed descriptions and contact information for several volunteer opportunities available throughout the Central Coast.