South Coast
Blog Post
by Laurel Kellner / California Ocean Science Trust

South Coast Report on MPAs Makes a Splash

March 27, 2017


Did you miss the launch of the State of the California South Coast report? Catch up on the media coverage and what California leaders are saying about the release of this important research establishing a baseline for marine protected area monitoring of our coast and ocean. 


MPAs: A Globally important commitment to our ocean

The report has been featured in major outlets in Southern California, detailing the research and its importance to the state. Tom Maloney, executive director of California Ocean Science Trust, spoke to the San Diego Union Tribune saying “It’s really giving a deeper understanding of this wonderful asset that we all identify with as Californians, which is our ocean.” Explaining the broader impact of this work, he stated, “MPAs and monitoring of MPAs represent a globally important commitment to our ocean.”



Connecting MPA Monitoring to Climate Adaptation

Connections between MPAs and climate work were highlighted in coverage by the Newport Beach Indy. “The South Coast baseline study period included two years of record-breaking high ocean temperatures,” stated Tom Maloney, “Climate change already has hit California’s coast, and researchers are seeing marine plants and animals moving north in search of cooler waters. This report creates an important benchmark to help state resource managers make informed decisions that support ocean health.”


MPA research spans ecosystems from Shore to Sea

Jenn Eckerle, Deputy Director of the Ocean Protection Council, talked with the OC Weekly about the long-term implications of the research and report. "It spans ecosystems from shore to sea, and reveals the interdependence of things like the health of our beaches, kelp forests, and shorebirds,” she said. “The better we understand the state of our coast, and the links between ecosystems, the better we can manage them.”








Photo Credit: Sara Shen

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