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Channel Islands MPAs: A Decade of Protection
What have PISCO scientists learned from monitoring kelp forests and rocky reefs in the northern Channel Islands MPAs? The trends revealed provide promising hints at the important role of MPAs in securing healthy oceans for California.

Dive into California's MPAs
Explore California's Underwater Parks without getting your feet wet with these new Google MPA Tours! Each tour features detailed descriptions of each MPA, National Marine Sanctuaries, and National Estuaries, with stunning photos and videos, and links to local "things to do".
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California'ss Marine Protected Areas Education and Outreach Initiative, enhancing MPA education through enduring partnerships to empower Californians to protect what they know and love.

Explore this website to learn about marine protected areas, have fun with some cool stuff, watch exciting videos, sign up for our newsletter, and discover great ways you can get involved in your ocean community!

The high quality educational materials found here were developed in close collaboration with many partner organizations. The majority of the products and programs seen here are available for immediate download and many have been endorsed by California's Department of Fish and Wildlife and State Parks as templates for expanding MPA education throughout the state.

If your organization has produced any MPA-related educational materials that you would like featured on this website, please contact us (danielle@CaliforniaMSF.org).

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