Welcome! OceanSpaces is the home of California's ocean community.

OceanSpaces 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.


The Ocean Science Trust team has designed and created OceanSpaces for you. Whether you are a fisherman, diver, environmentalist, resource manager, scientist, or neighbor to California’s ocean, we invite you to join the community. We know that success is driven by member participation. Your feedback has driven the evolution and recent improvements to the site but we know there is more work to do. We welcome your ideas and feedback.


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Frequently Asked Questions

OceanSpaces: What You Should Know

What is OceanSpaces?

OceanSpaces is an inclusive online community built upon a foundation of rigorous scientific knowledge about the health of California ocean ecosystems and current ocean resource management initiatives. A program of the California Ocean Science Trust, OceanSpaces made its debut in fall 2012. The platform brings an array of people together with a shared interest in the health of California's oceans – everyone from scientists to fishermen, to policymakers and citizens – and offers new opportunities for individuals to communicate, create, and share information. With a shared body of scientific knowledge, OceanSpaces enables community members to make informed decisions in ocean resource management and stewardship.

Find out what the community says about what makes OceanSpaces unique. 

Who manages OceanSpaces?

OceanSpaces is a program of the California Ocean Science Trust. Ocean Science Trust is a team of natural and social scientists, policy experts, technologists and communications professionals working together for healthy, resilient and productive oceans in California. We believe that science is an important foundation of resource management and conservation decisions. We work across traditional boundaries between governments, scientists and citizens to build understanding and trust in science and empower participation in the decisions that are shaping the future of our oceans. To learn more visit oceansciencetrust.org.

What is the difference between a community group and an organization?

The community is the heart of OceanSpaces and has a diverse membership. We have two types of community associations, community groups and organizations.

  • Community Groups: are intended for OceanSpaces members who would like to create a space to showcase their activities, collaborate, and share information. Typically community groups do not have a dedicated website and established identity outside of OceanSpaces.
  • Organization Pages: are intended for members that are affiliated with a formally recognized entity that has an established identity outside of the OceanSpaces community. Typically they will have an official website of their own, but would like to be represented on OceanSpaces as a community member to showcase their contributions to the underpinnings of California’s ocean resource management.
    • If you are interested in an organization, but are not officially affiliated, you may still join the organization as a subscriber. The process is the same, simply click the "Join This Organization" button, and you will be added as a subscriber. You will receive email updates whenver new content is posted to the organization page.

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OceanSpaces Member Basics

You just joined OceanSpaces...now what can you do?

  1. Update Your Profile: A detailed profile helps the community get to know you and makes it easier for other members to learn about your work, expertise, and interests.
  2. Create a Community Group or Organization: Now that you have a profile for yourself, is there an organization or group you represent that should be included on OceanSpaces? If so create a Community Group or Organization page.
    1. Organization - Are you part of an organization, research lab or monitoring program? Create an organization page to represent their work.  
    2. Community Group - Do you have a topic, issue, or particular area of interest? Create a community group to collaborate.
  3. Create Some Content: Tell a story about your work or interests.
    1. Tell Your Story: Write a blog, which can be read by any visitor to OceanSpaces. It is a great way to get the word out about your work. It can be about you, your community group, or organization.
    2. Add some content to your group:
      1. Create a Program Page: These give a summary of the high level initiatives or activities you perform. You can highlight program leaders (including other groups on OceanSpaces), collaborators, a contact person, reports, links to your website, and projects that are part of this larger initiative.
      2. Create a Project Page: These give a summary of your specific projects. Here you can outline species you study, sampling methods, and the geographic areas where you work. You can also tag the project leaders and collaborators who are OceanSpaces members, plus tag other groups on OceanSpaces that contribute to the work, and upload reports and other resources.
      3. Create a News Item: These tell the community about events or announcements within your group. Did you get published in a journal, mentioned in a newspaper, or featured on a blog? Let us know by creating a news story!
      4. Add Images: Visual content helps tell your group’s story and get others interested in what you do. You can upload individual images to your group.
      5. Add Videos: Upload videos to Youtube or Vimeo, and link them to your group page on OceanSpaces.

To learn more about administering and publishing content within your group visit the Organization and Groups FAQ.

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Note: To create certain content types you must be the administrator or member of a Community Group or Organization. Program and project pages are only available to members who administer a group at the moment. These can be accessed through the admin toolbar at the top of the screen under Content > Add Content.

What kind of data are available on OceanSpaces?

OceanSpaces has a data archive housing data that are free and open to the public. All the data available on OceanSpaces were collected by organizations participating in official state-funded MPA monitoring.