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State of the California Central Coast Symposium

The State of the California Central Coast is a public symposium that offered resource managers, policy makers, stakeholders and scientists an opportunity to reflect on the first five years of marine protected area (MPA) monitoring and management in California’s Central Coast region - the first region to implement MPAs under the Marine Life Protection Act. This symposium also looks ahead to informing adaptive management of the Central Coast MPA network.

We invite you to watch the videos associated with each session listed on the left. You may also watch all of the available videos in sequence.

At the symposium:

  • Invited speakers highlighted information gathered through the state-funded baseline MPA monitoring program and key partners to establish a benchmark of ecological and socioeconomic conditions in the region and assessed any initial changes following MPA implementation.
  • Agencies, research institutions, citizen scientists, organizations and groups that conduct coastal and ocean monitoring in the region shared their work and helped inform ocean resource management.
  • Participants joined agency representatives and key partners to discuss the lessons learned during the implementation of the Central Coast MPA network related to enforcement and governance.

Hosted by: the MPA Monitoring Enterprise (a program of the Ocean Science Trust), California Department of Fish and Game, and California Fish and Game Commission.

We invite you to watch the videos associated with each session on the left. You may also watch all of the available videos in sequence.

The State of the California Central Coast Symposium Proceedings document, which summarizes the key themes of the symposium, is now available. Click here to download and read the proceedings.

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All Conference Talks

Skyli McAfee, Executive Director, Ocean Science Trust
Michael Sutton, President, California Fish and Game Commission
Charlton Bonham, Director, California Department of Fish and Wildlife
Jason Burnett, Mayor, Carmel City
John Laird, Secretary for Natural Resources, California Natural Resources Agency
Paul Michel, Superintendent, Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary
The Honorable Fred Keeley, Treasurer, County of Santa Cruz, California
Michael Sutton, President, California Fish and Game Commission
John Laird, Secretary for Natural Resources, California Natural Resources Agency
Mark Carr, Professor, PISCO - UC Santa Cruz
Liz Whiteman, Program Director, California Ocean Science Trust
Skyli McAfee, Executive Director, Ocean Science Trust
Aimee David, Ocean Policy Manager, Monterey Bay Aquarium
Charlton Bonham, Director, California Department of Fish and Wildlife
Paulo Serpa, Research Analyst II, California Department of Fish and Wildlife
Susan Ashcraft, Environmental Scientist, California Department of Fish and Wildlife
Captain Don Kelly, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Law Enforcement Division
Liz Whiteman, Program Director, California Ocean Science Trust
Susan Allen, Director, Our Ocean (Pew Environment Group)
Tess Freidenburg, Consultant
Liz Whiteman, Program Director, California Ocean Science Trust
Sonke Mastrup, Executive Director, Fish and Game Commission
Susan Allen, Director, Our Ocean (Pew Environment Group)
Tess Freidenburg, Consultant
Cat Kuhlman, Deputy Secretary for Oceans, California Ocean Protection Council
Tom Mason, Environmental scientist, California Department of Fish and Game

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Pete Raimondi, Professor, Department Chair, PI, UC Santa Cruz

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Mark Carr, Professor, PISCO - UC Santa Cruz

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Jan Freiwald, Reef Check California Director, Reef Check

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Dean Wendt, Director, San Luis Obispo Science and Ecosystem Alliance (SLOSEA), Center for Coastal Marine Sciences
Rick Starr, Director, California Sea Grant Extension Program

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Mike Prall, Environmental Scientist, California Dept. of Fish and Wildlife

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Rick Starr, Director, California Sea Grant Extension Program
Mary Yoklavich, NOAA Southwest Fisheries Science Center, Santa Cruz
Tom Mason, Environmental scientist, California Department of Fish and Game

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Debbie Aseltine-Neilson, Senior Marine Biologist Specialist, Calif Department of Fish and Wildlife

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Cheryl Chen, Marine Planning Project Manager, Ecotrust

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Terry Tillman, Senior Biological Specialist, California Department of Fish and Wildlife

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Marc Shargel, Photographer and Author, Living Sea Images
Clare Waldmann, Project Manager, Ocean Protection Council