Citizen Science for Stewardship of Coastal and Ocean Resources
Volunteers have submitted 1510 surveys to date.
MPA Watch is a citizen science initiative to monitor human use of coastal natural resources by training and supporting volunteers in the collection of relevant, scientifically rigorous, and broadly accessible data.
Data are meant to inform the management, enforcement, and science of California's marine protected areas (MPAs) and allow us to see how human uses are changing as a result of MPA implementation.
By involving local communities in this important work, MPA Watch programs inspire and empower stewardship, and educate citizens about California’s ocean ecosystems.
Currently, we are working with GreenInfo Network to develop this centralized statewide website to widen and improve access to MPA Watch data. This website is in its initial stages of development, and we encourage you to visit this site periodically to track our progress.
To get involved with MPA Watch, contact any of the participating organizations here.