Education & Outreach

MPA Education & Outreach in California

Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) are a valuable marine conservation tool used around the world. Like national parks and other protected areas on land, MPAs safeguard critical ocean habitat, allowing sensitive marine communities to recover and thrive. The concept behind MPAs is quite simple: place some special parts of the ocean off limits to destructive activities, and give those special places a chance to recover and rebound. But an important part of the MPA network is making sure the public is aware they exist!


Many partners are working across California to increase enforcement, compliance and overall awareness of California’s network of MPAs. This website holds a repository of many of teh resources created for the MPA network.


Education and outreach are needed on an ongoing process. Please use the links below to help guide your education and outreach projects.

Click Here for the California MPA Outreach & Education Needs Assessment Report
Click Here for the CDFW MPA Outreach & Education Guide
The mission of the California’s Marine Protected Areas Education and Outreach Initiative is to enhance MPA education through enduring partnerships to empower Californians to protect what they know and love.