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MPA Research and Monitoring Activities

Statewide Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) management staff work to implement, monitor, and manage California's statewide coastal network of MPAs, pursuant to the Marine Life Protection Act (MLPA), Marine Managed Areas Improvement Act, and other relevant California legislation such as the Marine Life Management Act and California Ocean Protection Act, and as directed by the master plan for MPAs. Provisions of the MLPA require monitoring and research to facilitate adaptive management.

CDFW staff continue to work with key partners, such as the link opens in new windowMPA Monitoring Enterprise (a program of the link opens in new windowCalifornia Ocean Science Trust), link opens in new windowCalifornia Ocean Protection Council, and link opens in new windowCalifornia Sea Grant to provide oversight on all aspects of MPA research, monitoring, evaluation, and reporting to inform adaptive management. CDFW staff also continue to work with partners, academic institutions, and others to coordinate data collection related to marine life, habitats, and commercial and recreational activities that occur both inside and outside MPAs, and to develop programs for cost-effective, continued MPA monitoring. For more information regarding MPA monitoring programs and comprehensive monitoring plans, visit the link opens in new windowMPA Monitoring Enterprise website. MPA baseline monitoring data is publicly accessible on link opens in new windowOceanSpaces.

Complementary to MPA baseline monitoring programs and continued MPA monitoring efforts, staff administer a Geographic Information System, explore MPA effects on California's marine fisheries, and conduct field investigations such as remotely operated vehicle projects. You may link opens in new windowview an interim report of the latest CDFW led remotely operated vehicle survey.



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Regional Manager: Dr. Craig Shuman
Main Office: 20 Lower Ragsdale Drive, Suite 100, Monterey, CA  93940
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