Marin Marine Protected Area (MPA) Watch
The Marin Marine Protected Area (MPA) Watch is part of a state-wide network of organizations that trains the public to become citizen-scientists through the recording of human activities within our network of California MPAs.
The data collected by MPA Watch acts as a compliment to the biological surveys of MPAs throughout the state. The data provides information on how human beings are using our MPAs and assists in informing agencies, organizations, and local communities about the success and health of their MPAs. Additionally, the MPA Watch program aims to involve local communities in learning about marine and coastal resources, and to inspire and empower ocean stewardship.
CURRENT PROGRAM WORK
Volunteers use standardized protocols to collect relevant, scientifically rigorous, and broadly accessible data. The MPA Watch volunteers will observe and record both consumptive and non-consumptive offshore and onshore activities in and around MPAs, which will improve our understanding of how people are using these new MPAs. Data is meant to inform the management, enforcement, and science of California's marine protected areas, and allows us to track how the public uses coastal areas.
By involving local communities in this MPA monitoring, MPA Watch programs inspire and empower stewardship, and educate the public about California’s ocean ecosystems.
Not only do local volunteers learn about their coastal environment and become "citizen scientists" and stewards of the area, but they generate quantities of monitoring data that would not be possible under the current state budget.
The data collected helps us to analyze trends within the boundaries of MPAs, as well as outside of the boundaries, which are used as control sites. Control sites are beneficial in comparing human use in MPAs versus at sites that are not protected.
MPA WATCH PROGRAM RESOURCES & INFORMATION
- To learn more about California's Marine Protected Area Watch Program, visit www.mpawatch.org.
- More information about California MPAs and how to get involved http://www.californiampas.org/
- California Department of Fish & Wildlife http://dfg.ca.gov/marine/mpa/
- Ocean Science Trust http://calost.org/
- The MPA Monitoring Enterprise http://www.monitoringenterprise.org/role/citizen_science.php
- Ocean Spaces http://oceanspaces.org/
- Thank You Ocean http://www.thankyouocean.org/
- Marine Protected Areas are scattered across the entire globe! For more information, visit the MPA Global website http://www.mpaglobal.org/index.php?action=summary_by_country
GET INVOLVED - LINK TO VOLUNTEER PAGE
Our program is not possible without the commitment of our dedicated volunteers. MPA Watch programs across the state of California are continually training a network of volunteers to monitor resource use inside and outside Marine Protected Areas (MPAs). Volunteers are trained to identify onshore and offshore ocean activities and collect data on coastal and marine resource use.
We are looking for spring/summer interns and for volunteers to help monitor locations like Drakes Beach, Limantour Beach, Agate Beach and the Corte Madera Marsh. Contact us today for more information.