Partners

The California MPAs Educational Resources website is showcasing a variety of MPA related products from our partner organizations and providing these resources for other agencies to use. Each organization has unique skills, providing complementary assets and capabilities to advance specific projects and/or endeavors.

While many of the products found within this website are specific to the needs, audience, and goals of a particular partner, the messaging, layout, or content may be valuable and adaptable for other outreach needs.

Please visit the websites of our federal, state, local, and non-profit partner organizations listed below to find MPA related resources.

Aquarium of the Bay

North Central

Aquarium of the Bay partners with The Bay Institute to protect, restore and inspire the conservation of San Francisco Bay and its watershed, from the Sierra to the sea. The Aquarium helps educate visitors about MPAs.

Link: http://www.aquariumofthebay.org


Aquarium of the Pacific

South Coast

The Aquarium of the Pacific’s mission is to instill a sense of wonder, respect, and stewardship for the Pacific Ocean, its inhabitants, and ecosystems. The Aquarium of the Pacific is the fourth most-attended aquarium in the nation. In addition to public programs and exhibits, the Aquarium is involved in numerous conservation efforts, including MPAs, sustainable seafood, watershed education, ocean literacy, and more.

Link: http://www.aquariumofpacific.org/conservation/
california_marine_protected_area_resources


Bureau of Land Management – California Coastal National Monument

Statewide

The California Coastal National Monument comprises more than 20,000 rocks, islands, exposed reefs, and pinnacles along the 1,100 miles of California's coast.  The scenic beauty and important wildlife habitat within the Monument are protected by the Bureau of Land Management

Link: http://www.blm.gov/pgdata/content/ca/en/
prog/blm_special_areas/nm/ccnm.html

Cabrillo Marine Aquarium

South Coast

With its spectacular natural setting adjacent to Cabrillo Beach Coastal Park and the Port of Los Angeles, Cabrillo Marine Aquarium is uniquely suited to its leadership role in marine science education, aquaculture research and community recreation.  The Cabrillo Marine Aquarium educates visitors about south coast MPAs.

Link: http://www.cabrillomarineaquarium.org

California & USC Sea Grant

South Coast

California Sea Grant and University of California, Southern California (USC) Sea Grant are two of 32 state programs funded by the National Sea Grant College Program, part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).  Through the peer-reviewed research it sponsors, Sea Grant contributes to the growing body of knowledge about coastal and marine resources and helps solve contemporary marine-related problems. 

California Sea Grant: http://www-csgc.ucsd.edu/index.html

USC Sea Grant: http://dornsife.usc.edu/uscseagrant/

California Academy of Sciences

North Central

California Academy of Sciences coordinates a citizen science initiative at Pillar Point reef, south of San Francisco on the San Mateo coast (and home to the famous Maverick’s Surf Contest). In partnership with the Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary, the California Academy of Sciences is documenting the biodiversity of Pillar Point Reef through large-scale bioblitzes, long-term citizen science monitoring, and casual observation.

Link: http://www.calacademy.org/explore-science/academy-citizen-science-projects

California Coastkeeper Alliance

Statewide

California Coastkeeper Alliance (CCK) unites 12 local Waterkeeper programs to fight for swimmable, fishable and drinkable waters for California communities and ecosystems. CCKA is engaged in both the planning and implementation of MPAs around the state.  In close collaboration with the local Waterkeepers and the Department of Fish and Wildlife (DFW), CCKA continues to advocate for monitoring and enforcement of MPAs throughout California, and strong water quality and water flows laws to enhance those protections. 

CCA: http://www.cacoastkeeper.org/programs/
healthy-marine-habitats/MLPA

Find you local Waterkeeper: http://www.cacoastkeeper.org/waterkeepers

California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW)

Statewide

CDFW is the primary managing agency and has statutory authority for recommending designation and managing of MPAs within the MPA network designated by FGC.  CDFW supports FGC through implementation of regulations, conducting research and monitoring, and granting scientific collecting permits.  CDFW is also the statutory authority to administer and enforce MPA regulations, with the prosecution of state MPA poaching and pollution violations resting in the hands of city and district attorneys (DAs).  As a managing agency, CDFW has a critical role in public outreach and education for MPAs and the MPA network.

Link:  http://www.dfg.ca.gov/marine/mpa/index.asp

California Ocean Protection Council (OPC)

Statewide

The designated lead agency for guiding the policy direction of the network of MPAs as determined by SB 96. As outlined in COPA, OPC is also the coordinating body for MPA management and for a variety of other issues.  As such, OPC plays a vital role as convener and coordinator of the MPA-network management agencies and other partners engaged in MPAs.  OPC also engages in a close partnership with the California Ocean Science Trust (OST) to support a science-based approach to ocean and coastal management.

Link:  http://www.opc.ca.gov/2012/06/
sustainable-fisheries-and-marine-ecosystems/

California State Parks (State Parks)

Statewide

State Parks is a managing agency with primary responsibility for managing state marine parks and select state marine reserves and state marine conservation areas.  State Parks collaborates with CDFW to manage 38 MPAs that are offshore of existing coastal state park units.

Link:  http://www.parks.ca.gov/

Catalina Island Conservancy

South Coast

Catalina Island Conservancy's mission is to be a responsible steward of our lands through a balance of conservation, education and recreation.  It protects 88 percent of Catalina Island, including more than 62 miles of unspoiled beaches and secluded coves—the longest publicly accessible stretch of undeveloped coastline left in Southern California.

Link: https://www.catalinaconservancy.org

Center for Ocean Solutions

Statewide

The Center for Ocean Solutions works to solve the major problems facing the ocean and prepares leaders to take on these challenges.  We value and steward linkages between the ocean, health and climate resulting in thriving marine ecosystems and vibrant coastal communities. The Center for Ocean Solutions is working in partnership with Resources Legacy Fund to assess threats of human activities on MPAs and analyze existing laws and policies available to address various threats.

Link: http://www.centerforoceansolutions.org/project
-threats-california%E2%80%99s-marine-protected-areas

Crystal Cove Alliance

South Coast

The Crystal Cove Alliance (CCA) is a non-profit organization dedicated to the protection and preservation of the Crystal Cove State Park Historic District, its beach and the marine life refuge. The primary purpose for which this non-profit exists is to promote educational and interpretive activities of the California State Park System and to assist with the preservation and restoration of the Crystal Cove State Park Historic District. Through its Citizen Science Marine Protected Area Cruise program for high school students, CCA facilitates the collection and analysis of data that will inform the five-year adaptive review process in 2017.

Link: http://www.crystalcovealliance.org/conservation/

Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve (National Estuary)

Central Coast

The Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve is one of 28 National Estuarine Research Reserves established nationwide as field laboratories for scientific research and estuarine education. The Reserve is administered by NOAA and managed by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. The 1700-acre Reserve is a hub of activity and hosts programs that promote education, research, and conservation in Elkhorn Slough.

Link: http://www.elkhornslough.org/esnerr/

Fish and Game Commission (FGC)

Statewide

FGC is directed by the MLPA and the MMAIA to be the primary regulatory decision-making authority for regulations and rules related to state marine reserves and state marine conservation areas.  In 1870, the Board of Fish Commissioners, the forerunner of the modern day Fish and Game Commission, was established to provide for the restoration and preservation of fish in California waters.

Link: http://www.fgc.ca.gov/

Friends of the Elephant Seal

Central Coast

Friends of the Elephant Seal, located in Cambria, California, is a non-profit organization dedicated to educating the public about elephant seals and other marine life. Docents are stationed at a vista point overlooking the Piedras Blancas elephant seal rookery, just off Highway 1 seven miles north of San Simeon. Volunteers learn about elephant seals and other marine life and have an opportunity to talk with visitors from all over the country and the world. For more information on volunteer programs call (805) 924-1628.

Link: http://www.elephantseal.org/Friends/docents.htm

Fort Ross Conservancy

North Central

The mission of the Fort Ross Conservancy, Incorporated, is to promote for the benefit of the public the interpretive and educational activities of the Russian River Sector of California State Parks at Fort Ross State Historic Park and Salt Point State Park. The Fort Ross Conservancy organizes a ?volunteer “citizen science” monitoring of the Steller Sea Lions and Harbor Seals.

Link: http://www.fortross.org/marine-mammals.htm

Heal the Bay

South Coast

Heal the Bay played an integral part in the site selection process and continues to be involved through MPA outreach and education, and organizing the MPA Watch Program. By walking along beaches in Malibu and Palos Verdes surveying ocean users, volunteers combine their love of the beach and ocean while collecting valuable scientific data. MPA Watch volunteers are trained to observe and collect unbiased data on coastal and marine resource use, which will provide important information to understand how people are using the newly established MPAs, and to help inform MPA management.

Link: http://www.healthebay.obrg/about-bay/
current-issues/marine-protected-areas

Laguna Ocean Foundation

South Coast

Laguna Ocean Foundation (LOF) is dedicated to sustainable ocean ecosystems along the Laguna coast. Laguna Ocean Foundation has been involved with the Marine Life Protection Act process since it began in the South Coast Region. LOF has been advocating a preferred sized State Marine Reserve in the area because of the habitat diversity that Laguna offers and the vast benefits that marine protected areas provide.

Link: http://www.lagunaoceanfoundation.org/index.html

LiMPETS

Statewide

LiMPETS is an environmental monitoring and education program for students, educators, and volunteer groups throughout California. Approximately 5,500 teachers and students along the coast of California are involved with the collection of rocky intertidal and sandy beach data within some MPAs as part of the LiMPETS network. Long-term monitoring is needed to be able to evaluate the health of California’s intertidal systems.

Link: http://limpetsmonitoring.org

MBARI

Central Coast

The mission of MBARI is to achieve and maintain a position as a world center for advanced research and education in ocean science and technology, and to do so through the development of better instruments, systems, and methods for scientific research in the deep waters of the ocean. Institute scientists, engineers, and support staff collaborate on a wide range of cutting-edge MPA research projects enabled by innovative technology.

Link: http://www.mbari.org

Monterey Bay Aquarium

Central Coast

The mission of the nonprofit Monterey Bay Aquarium is to inspire conservation of the oceans.  One of Monterey Bay Aquarium’s key long-term objectives is to support a productive network of marine protected areas that provide a safe haven for wildlife and strengthen the productivity and resiliency of California's coastal ocean.

Link: http://www.montereybayaquarium.org/
conservation/ocean-conservation-policy

Morro Bay National Estuary Program (National Estuary)

Central Coast

The Morro Bay National Estuary Program works to protect and restore Morro Bay and its watershed by conducting monitoring and research to track the health of the estuary, repairing natural habitats to protect water quality and wildlife, and educating residents and visitors on how to be good stewards of the bay.

Link: www.mbnep.org

MPA Collaborative Implementation Project

Statewide

Through the MPA Collaborative Implementation Project, 14 MPA County Collaboratives were established to provide a localized, comprehensive approach to ocean resource management by bringing together local experts and authorities in the areas of; 1) outreach and education, 2) enforcement & compliance, and 3) research and monitoring.

Link: http://www.mpacollaborative.org/

See the website to view local partners in your region:
http://www.mpacollaborative.org/county-collaboratives.html

MPA Watch

Statewide

MPA Watch is a citizen science monitoring program that trains volunteers to observe and collect data about coastal and marine resource use inside and outside MPAs. Volunteers use standardized protocols to collect relevant, scientifically rigorous, and broadly accessible data. Data are meant to inform the management, enforcement, and science of California's marine protected areas, and allow us to track how the public uses coastal areas.

Link: http://www.mpawatch.org/

Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)

Statewide

NRDC is the nation's most effective environmental action group, combining the grassroots power of 1.4 million members and online activists with the courtroom clout and expertise of more than 350 lawyers, scientists and other professionals. NRDC works to restore marine vitality by ending overfishing, creating marine protected areas and improving the way we govern our oceans

Link: http://www.nrdc.org/oceans/default.asp

http://switchboard.nrdc.org/mlpa.php

NOAA National Marine Sanctuaries

Statewide

The Office of National Marine Sanctuaries serves as the trustee for a network of 14 marine protected areas encompassing more than 170,000 square miles of marine and Great Lakes waters from Washington state to the Florida Keys, and from Lake Huron to American Samoa. The network includes a system of 13 national marine sanctuaries and the Papah?naumoku?kea Marine National Monument.

Link: http://sanctuaries.noaa.gov/welcome.html

NOAA National MPA Center

Statewide

National Marine Protected Center was established in 2000 to lead the development of a national system of MPAs. The MPA Center is a partnership between NOAA and the Department of the Interior to serve as a resource to all federal, state, territorial and tribal programs responsible for the health of the nation's oceans, and is located within NOAA's Office of National Marine Sanctuaries. 

Link: http://marineprotectedareas.noaa.gov/

Northcoast Environmental Center

North Coast

The mission of the Northcoast Environmental Center is to promote understanding of the relations between people and the biosphere and to conserve, protect,  and celebrate terrestrial, aquatic, and marine ecosystems of northern California and southern Oregon. NEC is heavily involved with MPA education and outreach in the north coast region.

Link: http://www.yournec.org/coastalprograms/
marineprotectedareas

Ocean Conservancy

Statewide

Ocean Conservancy educates and empowers citizens to take action on behalf of the ocean. From the Arctic to the Gulf of Mexico to the halls of Congress, Ocean Conservancy brings people together to find solutions for our water planet. Informed by science, our work guides policy and engages people in protecting the ocean and its wildlife for future generations. In California, Ocean Conservancy worked steadfastly to help pass the landmark Marine Life Protection Act in 1999.

Link: http://www.oceanconservancy.org/our-work/
marine-protected-areas/

Ocean Institute

South Coast

The Ocean Institute's mission is to use the ocean as our classroom to inspire children to learn. The Ocean Institute educates the public and students about MPAs.

Link: http://www.ocean-institute.org/index2.html

Ocean Science Trust (OST)

Statewide

Ocean Science Trust (OST) is a public benefit corporation established pursuant to the California Ocean Resources Stewardship Act (CORSA) of 2000.  In serving as both Science Advisor to OPC and co-chair of OPC's Science Advisory Team, OST's executive director embodies a crucial link between OPC as well as other state agencies to the broader scientific community. In addition, OST leads the design and implementation of MPA monitoring in close collaboration with OPC and CDFW.

The MPA Monitoring Enterprise was launched in 2007 as a program of the California Ocean Science Trust to lead the development and implementation of impartial, scientifically rigorous and cost-effective MPA monitoring.

MPA Monitoring Enterprise: http://monitoringenterprise.org/

Ocean Spaces

Statewide

Developed by the Ocean Science Trust, Ocean Spaces is dedicated to a vision of healthy and productive California oceans through science-informed ocean resource management and stewardship.  The platform brings everyone together with a stake in the health of California's oceans offering new opportunities for you to communicate, create and share information.  A shared body of scientific knowledge enables us to make informed decisions and becomes the basis for participation in the decisions that will shape the future of our oceans.  Using Ocean Spaces as a platform to share information, stakeholders are taking the pulse of our marine ecosystems and assessing the effectiveness of MPA design to inform management decisions.

Link: http://oceanspaces.org/

MPA Monitoring: http://oceanspaces.org/monitoring

Oceana

Statewide

Oceana seeks to make our oceans more biodiverse and abundant by winning policy victories in the countries that govern much of the world's marine life.  Oceana believes it is necessary to study and create MPAs in order to halt the degradation of the marine ecosystems. In addition, the information allows management measures to be established for the activities developed in this environment, including fishing.

Link: http://oceana.org/en/eu/our-work/habitats
-protection/marine-protected-areas/overview

Reef Check

Statewide

Reef Check California aims to build a network of informed and involved citizens who support the sustainable use and conservation of our nearshore marine resources. To accomplish this, volunteers are trained to carry out surveys of nearshore reefs providing data on the status of key indicator species. Become a Reef Check volunteer to explore and conserve California's reefs!

Link: http://reefcheck.org/rcca/rcca_home.php

Save our Shores

Central Coast

Save Our Shores’ mission is caring for the marine environment through ocean awareness, advocacy, and citizen action. Save Our Shores offers a variety of volunteer opportunities including the Sanctuary Stewards-a dynamic citizen action program, the Dockwalkers’ clean boating program, regular beach cleanup events and storm drain stenciling project.

Link: http://www.saveourshores.org

Smith River Rancheria

North Coast

The citizens of the Smith River Rancheria are a nation of Dee-ni’ known today as the Tolowa Dee-ni’. They are governed under the Smith River Rancheria as a Federally Recognized Nation. Their Administration Office named the K’vsh-chu Administration Building is located in Smith River, California in the Pacific Northwest. Smith River Rancheria has been involved with the site selection process and stewardship of MPAs. 

Link: http://www.tolowa-nsn.gov

State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB)

Statewide

SWRCB plays an important role in permitting for activities that may affect MPAs, such as wastewater discharge or the discharge of pesticides to water.  SWRCB helps fulfill this mandate by regulating coastal water quality through the Ocean Plan, including the creation of “building blocks for a sustainable, resilient coastal environment and economy,” through its oversight of 34 areas of special biological significance (ASBS), many of which overlap with and are proximate to the State’s MPAs. SWRCB also has the authority to designate State Water Quality Protection Areas within the boundaries of MPAs.

Link:  http://www.waterboards.ca.gov/water_issues/
programs/ocean/index.shtml

Stewards of the Coast and Redwoods

North Central

Stewards of the Coast and Redwoods is a non-profit cooperating association promoting preservation through environmental education and stewardship in support of California State Parks’ Russian River Sector. Stewards is a leader in docent-led interpretive programs focused on conservation and wildlife/habitat preservation, and on training/support to 300 dedicated volunteers. Serving 6,000 school children annually, Stewards’ naturalists and docents enhance curriculum-based education programs on watersheds, tide pools, and redwood ecology, including development of docent and teacher resource guides. Stewards has been involved in providing education about the MPAs through our docent education programs, in our visitor center in Jenner and as a member of the Sonoma County MPA Collaborative.

Link: http://www.stewardscr.org/cms/pages/who_we_are.html

Thank You Ocean

Statewide

The California’s Thank You Ocean Campaign is a nonprofit partnership supported by the State of California, the NOAA Office of National Marine Sanctuaries and the Ocean Communicators Alliance. The campaign mission is to unite voices and amplify messages to raise ocean awareness and promote everyday actions that protect the ocean. Thank You Ocean has a dedicated MPA page with information, videos, and links to additional resources.

Link: http://www.thankyouocean.org/threats/marine-
life-decline/marine-protected-areas/

The Nature Conservancy

Statewide

The Nature Conservancy is the leading conservation organization working around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people. In one of the first studies of its kind, The Nature Conservancy has worked with leading academics on a study that conclusively proves that MPAs can help alleviate poverty.

Link: http://www.nature.org/science-in-action/protected
-areas-how-marine-protected-areas-help-alleviate-poverty.xml

UCSC Natural Reserve System

Central Coast

UC Santa Cruz operates five Natural Reserves which are spread out along 60 miles of the Central Coast from Año Nuevo Island Natural Reserve in the north to Landels-Hill Big Creek Reserve in the south. The wide range of habitats, from fog-enshrouded redwood forest to maritime chaparral, provide an unparalleled natural laboratory for marine and terrestrial research and serve as study sites for University scientists and students.

Link: http://ucsantacruz.ucnrs.org

WildCoast

South Coast

WILDCOAST is working to educate and engage resident's in San Diego County's MPAs.  For these underwater protected areas to be effective, it is critical for the public to understand locations and regulations, participate in stewardship efforts, and be actively engaged in the array of recreational and educational opportunities that they provide.

Link: http://www.wildcoast.net/programs/
8-san-diego-marine-protected-areas