A variety of posters have been created by organizations throughout California to communicate important messages of MPAs.

Turning the Tide: California’s Underwater Parks Poster

This beautifully designed poster highlights California’s statewide MPA network and iconic marine life found in California waters. The key information conveyed by this poster is the projected outcomes of the MPA network and the locations of all 124 MPAs statewide.

MPA Network Poster, CDFW

This interpretive poster provides an introduction to the California MPA Network. It features satellite imagery as well as photographs and descriptions of marine habitat protected within MPAs. Organizations that serve the public may order free hard copies of the poster by contacting CDFW Marine Region Interpreter Marnin Robbins, at, (707) 441-5798. Note that quantities may be limited. (1.5M PDF file)

Kid Friendly MPA Poster

The Southern California Aquarium Collaborative created this poster as a way to communicate with Spanish-speaking and younger audiences about the diversity of marine life found in California’s MPAs. The poster’s billigual text encourages readers to explore the coastal and nearshore environments protected by the MPA network through illustrations of children snorkeling, swimming, exploring tide pools, and looking offshore. The poster also highlights several animals and plants commonly found in California’s marine ecosystems, giving both common and scientific names. Choosing MPAs exhibit (SC Aquariums)

What are MPAs Poster

This poster was adapted by the California Marine Sanctuary Foundation from one created by the Point Reyes National Seashore. The poster is designed as an introduction to California’s MPAs, including both the state and federal designations.

Underwater Parks Day Poster

Underwater Parks Day is an annual event on the Saturday of Martin Luther King, Jr. weekend. The California Marine Sanctuary Foundation created this poster for Underwater Parks Day, but it would make a great addition to a discovery or interpretive center as well. The poster includes specifics on the science behind MPAs in addition to a broad introduction and shows the locations of all 124 MPAs in the statewide network.

This poster was developed for use at Crescent City Harbor and shows common fish species of the area.

To download a full resolution file click here. 

This poster was developed for use at events held along the Point Arena Pier in Mendocino County.

MPA Decals

Six designs were created, showcasing Central Coast species likely to benefit from MPAs. View them all below:

Habitats and Species Likely to Benefit, CDFW

This poster was created by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife showcasing species and habitats that are likely to benefit from California’s Marine Protected Areas.

A poster created by the LA MPA Collaborative for display in targeted areas to educate visitors and anglers about LA County’s MPAs.

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Catalina Island MPA Poster

Poster created by the Catalina MPA Collaborative for display at Catalina Island’s businesses, non-profit organizations, and public agencies to help educate residents and visitors about the region’s MPAs.

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.