September 2019 
Welcome to the Fall 2019 issue of the California Marine Protected Areas Education and Outreach Newsletter! 

In this issue, you will find updates on MPA related projects as well as a variety of events and opportunities for getting involved in the coming months. 
California Coastal Cleanup Day
Saturday, September 19, 2019
Join more than 60,000 volunteers who will pick up hundreds of thousands of pounds of trash and recyclables from beaches, lakes, and waterways in California for the 35th annual Cleanup Day! Everyone can participate, no matter what age. 

The event isn’t limited to the coastal region. There are cleanups taking place all over California – from coastal areas to Lake Tahoe and from San Diego up to Del Norte County.

The event is part of the International Coastal Cleanup, organized by the Ocean Conservancy. California Coastal Cleanup Day is the largest volunteer event in the US and International Coastal Cleanup Day is the largest volunteer event on the planet!

At last year’s Coastal Cleanup Day, throughout the State of California, 66,535 volunteers removed 839,629 pounds of debris on this day of action. And worldwide, 789,138 volunteers removed over 20 million pounds of trash and debris.
CMSF Updates
MPA Outreach
Since January, CMSF staff has been busy conducting MPA outreach across the state to the recreational fishing community, ocean recreation businesses and select interpretive centers. We have successfully completed outreach in all coastal counties with the exception of Del Norte.
We will be conducting a second round of outreach in Spring 2020 and would love to include your resources and recommendations for priority locations! Please contact us.
New Products from CMSF
Digital MPA Resource Compilation
Looking for ideas for a new resource- or just looking for all of California’s marine protected area resources in one place? The new Digital MPA Resource Compilation is now available for download!
Resources developed by partners across the state have been compiled- download a regionally specific version or the statewide version. If you notice anything missing or have questions please email .
Ocean Recreation Guides
CMSF created waterproof ocean recreation guides to acquaint visitors to the coast, its animal inhabitants and the local protected areas.

Guides are available for the following areas:

  • Del Norte
  • Humboldt
  • Mendocino
  • Sonoma
  • San Francisco Bay Area
  • San Mateo
  • Santa Cruz
  • Moss Landing
  • Monterey
  • San Luis Obispo
  • Santa Barbara & Channel Islands
  • Los Angeles
  • Catalina

These guides are excellent for use in ocean recreation businesses, by interpreters and educators, and more! These are being laminated and bound as a self-guided PPT for use by businesses on the water, docents giving tours, etc. All of the guides are   available in pdf form here .

If you are interested in customizing the files for your organization or business, please contact for an editable version. 

Opportunities for Collaboration
Do you have ideas for sign locations, MPA specific stories, training needs/ideas or want to get involved with a social media campaign focused around MPAs? CMSF is in need of your input and suggestions!
 If you have questions or would like to learn more, please email
Partner Updates
California Department of Fish & Wildlife Updates
California's MPA network is managed collaboratively through the  MPA Management Program,
which includes four focal areas: outreach and education, enforcement and compliance,
research and monitoring, and policy and permitting. Updates are below!
Ocean Sport Fishing Interactive Map
A new  Ocean Sport Fishing Interactive Web Map  designed for use on mobile devices is now available on the California Department of Fish and Wildlife website. By clicking on the map, users receive marine protected area and recreational sport fishing regulations for that location. Using the device’s GPS, users will see their position relative to any regulatory boundaries. A fish identification guide and marine management news site round out the major features of the map. 

Try it out today at  – and after you have used the application, please take a minute to help us make it better by  completing this user survey . We want to hear from you, so please tell us what you think! 
MPA Collaborative Network
MPA Education and Outreach Forum participants pose for a group photo at Asilomar Conference Grounds.
MPA Education and Outreach Forum
In August, the MPA Collaborative Network hosted a Statewide MPA Collaborative Education and Outreach Forum. The event brought representatives from each of the 14 Collaboratives, state agencies, and ocean enthusiasts together for a day and a half event focused on showcasing all of the Collaborative produced  Small Grant projects , reviewing current MPA Education and Outreach needs, and collectively brainstorming future project ideas. The MPA CN would like to thank everyone who attended and made this event so successful!
Collaborative Network Events
The MPA Collaborative Network is proud to have members leading and participating in clean-ups across the State for the upcoming Annual California Coastal Cleanup Day!

Other  upcoming events  happening throughout the Network include Sharktoberfest, Collaborative meetings, mini-ROV trainings, a Coastal Resilience Workshop, the 22nd Annual Docent Day, and more.

To keep up with all things MPA CN, be sure to check out our  website  and sign up for our   quarterly newsletter . If you have an event you'd like to share with the Network, please email details to
MPA Education and Outreach Forum attendees enjoy a CA State Parks PORTS Program live-stream demonstration from Point Lobos State Natural Reserve. 
Mendocino MPA Collaborative ROV Training at MacKerricher State Park.
In The News
Help Amplify this Article on MPA Success!
Resource Media has developed social media content to help spread the news of the new article on MPA successes to partners in the MPA world.

Please use and share these Memes, Tweets and FB posts on your own social network platforms and with relevant partners!

Blue Drinks Santa Cruz
Please join us to celebrate our coast and ocean on Wednesday, September 25th, from 4:30-6:30pm at Abbott Square in downtown Santa Cruz.

This will be an opportunity for us to meet and talk in an informal setting, and to wind down a bit midway through the week. Please forward to or invite others who may be interested.
Stargazing at Pigeon Point Light Station
Saturday, September 21 from 7 to 10:30pm

Join a State Park Interpreter after dark to explore the night sky and learn about the history of Pigeon Point Light Station. Watch the movie Saving the Dark at 7pm and then spend an evening gazing at the stars while learning about local life on Earth. Telescopes will be provided by the Santa Cruz Astronomy Club, and topics include astronomy, light pollution, and maritime navigation. Bring water, snacks, warm clothes, and an optional chair or blanket. Meet in the picnic area. Free event.

For more information, call (650) 879-2120. Event made possible by Hostelling International USA, Santa Cruz Astronomy Club, Coastside State Parks Association, and California State Parks.
Welcome Back Monarchs Day at Natural Bridges
Natural Bridges State Beach
Sunday, October 13 from 11am to 4pm

  Join us in welcoming the monarchs back to the park, where they will spend the winter. Enjoy arts and crafts, active games for kids, live music by the 5Ms, hand-cranked “monarch” pumpkin-flavored ice cream, information booths on monarch butterflies and butterfly gardens, and more! Free event.
Vehicle day-use fee is $10. For more information, call (831) 423-4609. Event made possible by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks and California State Parks. 
Dive into Deep Sea Exploration at the Sanctuary Exploration Center
Saturday, October 19, 2019
Saturday, October 26, 2019
11:00 AM to 1:00 PM

Join the kick-off of our Science-Saturday Family programs with Deep Sea Exploration!
Kids and adults will learn hands-on how scientists explore the deep sea, design and build their own Remotely Operated Vehicle, then test it in our Deep Sea Canyon Exhibit. This program is open to all ages 6 and up! Kids 6-11 must bring an accompanying adult that does not need to register for the course.
Cost: $28 per youth participant

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