Community Engagement


Community Gatherings March 20-24, 2017

Join California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Ocean Protection Council, and Ocean Science Trust to explore the State of the California South Coast in a series of community gatherings sharing MPA Baseline Monitoring Reporting March 20-24, 2017.

Find out more on the OceanSpaces blog: You’re Invited! South Coast Community Gatherings, March 20-24

About the Community Gatherings

The State of the California South Coast report provides a snapshot of the ecological and socioeconomic conditions at the time marine protected areas (MPA) in the region went into effect. To celebrate the release of this report and showcase key findings from this initial phase of monitoring, local ocean community members are invited to attend a series of community gatherings held throughout the South Coast (Pt. Conception to the California/Mexico border, including offshore islands).

These free events will be open to the diverse ocean community in the South Coast, including fishermen, California tribes and tribal communities, researchers, citizen scientists, educators, and others interested in monitoring, evaluation, and adaptive management of California’s MPAs and marine resources. At each community gathering, participants will:

  • Learn about the status of MPA monitoring in the South Coast, including how baseline results will contribute to long-term monitoring and inform management
  • Review and discuss the soon-to-be released State of the California South Coast report, which provides a snapshot of local ecosystems and ocean activities
  • Engage with researchers, resource managers, citizen scientists, fishermen, and others actively involved in monitoring, and participate in decision making about our ocean


Special thanks to our South Coast Key Communicators, including the MPA Collaborative Network, for their guidance and support in planning these community gatherings.


Photo credit: Jessie Alstatt, LiMPETS