Central Coast Monitoring Community

Are you interested in the monitoring, evaluation, and management of Central Coast MPAs? Join the Central Coast Monitoring Community!

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by Dina Liebowitz / California Ocean Science Trust
September 08, 2016

California's marine protected areas (MPAs) are in the process of transitioning from regional baseline monitoring, to statewide long-term monitoring to inform decisions about our coast and ocean.

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by Sarah O. Hameed / Marine Conservation Institute
August 17, 2016

Scientists from academic institutions, NGOs, and government agencies huddled in twos and threes over papers, pens, and laptops. While we worked in a windowless room, our minds were in the salty sea.

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by Rebecca Johnson / California Academy of Sciences
April 25, 2016

Snapshot Cal Coast

A Coordinated California Coastal BioBlitz- June 4-12, 2016


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by Amanda Van Diggelen / California Department of Fish and Wildlife
October 27, 2015

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) would like to share a handful of marine protected area (MPA) short stories, facts, updates, and important management information with you!


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by Marnin Robbins / California Dept. of Fish and Wildlife
September 03, 2015

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife and California State Parks have teamed up to teach California students about the state’s network of marine protected areas (MPAs) through California State Park’s PORTS (Parks Online Resources for Teachers and Students) program.  Using live video-conferencing and on-line interactive lessons, thousands of students are now learning about California’s MPAs.

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by Laurel Kellner / California Ocean Science Trust
August 26, 2015

This year, Ocean Science Trust is honored to be the local host of the Western Society of Naturalists (WSN) Annual Meeting located in Sacramento, California, November 5-8, 2015. We have introduced a convening topic of "Marine Science Informing Management." 

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by Marisa Villarreal / California Ocean Science Trust
June 17, 2015

Near and far, people were saddened to hear of the 105,000 (2500 barrels) gallons of crude oil that were spilled on May 19th at Refugio State Beach in Santa Barbara County.

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by Amy Freitag / Virginia Sea Grant, NOAA Chesapeake Bay Office
July 01, 2014

One would think this is an easy question to answer: ask around, make a list, and count. Yet, when someone asks me this question - as frequently occurs - I say ‘around 30’. So why the fuzzy math?


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by Amy Freitag / Virginia Sea Grant, NOAA Chesapeake Bay Office
May 12, 2014

Now that baseline monitoring in the Central Coast is complete, the we are working closely with the Department of Fish and Wildlife and the Ocean Protection Council to design and implement the next phase of MPA Monitoring. This includes updating the monitoring plan, and conducting a survey of research and monitoring activities throughout the region (see here for more about this process). photos by Jim Wicker