SURVEYS SUBMITTED BY MPA WATCH VOLUNTEERS TO DATE
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE MONTEREY, CA. (Jan. 15, 2019) — STATEWIDE — California Underwater Parks Day arrives Saturday through Monday, January 19-21. The annual event represents a special statewide celebration of a stunningly beautiful—and richly diverse—network of 124...
Close your eyes for a moment and imagine a scientist. What do you see? Is it a man with crazy hair and a lab coat? Is it someone who looks nothing like you? This idea that science is done by someone else, that it is not a part of our everyday lives, is prevalent in our society. In reality, however, to see a scientist all you have to do is look in the mirror.
This week, Orange County Coastkeeper publishes its latest MPA Watch report, an analysis of human activity at Orange County’s seven Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) in 2017. The report is based on recent data collected by Coastkeeper volunteers who patrol local MPAs to research and protect vulnerable ecosystems.
Volunteers are often the lifeblood of the many and varied organizations, both public and private, that help preserve and protect the coast and ocean. One of those organizations is MPA Watch, a community science monitoring program that trains volunteers to observe and collect unbiased data on human uses of coastal and marine resources both inside and outside of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs).
WILDCOAST’s MPA Watch Coordinator, Angela Kemsley traveled to the far reaches of northern California to expand the state-wide MPA Watch program. Angela met with the Marine Biologist for the Tolowa Dee-ni’ Nation in Smith River to set up two new MPA Watch sites – including one site that runs right into the California-Oregon border! Now with these new implementations, California’s MPA Watch Program runs border to border – from Mexico to Oregon – and covers every coastal county in California.
Listen to WILDCOAST’s MPA Watch Coordinator,Angela Kemsley, and Conservation Coordinator, Cory Pukini, describe their experiences setting up MPA Watch sites on the remote Lost Coast. Spoiler – it involves a goose!
WILDCOAST- the name itself implies that we work in some of the most beautiful and remote places in the world. This last week, however, I had a life-changing experience that brings a whole new meaning to wild coast. Do you like a story with bears, close calls with mother nature, and downright adventure? If you answered yes, then read on…
Environmental organizations in Southern California are launching a coordinated effort to monitor and help defend an often-divisive network of protected ocean areas that restrict fishing up and down the coast.
Not entirely endorsed by law enforcement, tactics include outreach and education to fishermen on the water — many of whom have bristled at the loss of favorite angling spots and in some cases include wily poachers.