December 2017
A quarterly newsletter to keep you up to date on MPAs!
Welcome to the Winter 2017 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. 
MPA Signage Update
The California Marine Sanctuary Foundation has been working hard on creating another batch of MPA signs. Nearly 150 new sign locations have been identified statewide, some of which are unique opportunities that fill an important gap in signage along the coast. These opportunities include around 20 harbors, marinas, and bait shops; locations that have been identified as needing to improve compliance such as Point Sur, Double Cone Rock SMCA, and Bolsa Chica; and locations that are highly visible to tourists and locals alike such as Terranea Resort, Birch Aquarium, Pebble Beach, and elephant seal viewing areas. Most signs are currently in the design phase. Be on the look out soon!

MPA Collaborative Network Projects
The Marine Protected Area Collaborative Network Small Grants Program has kicked off. In early November, local Collaboratives were notified of application approval. The grant, made possible by the California Ocean Protection Council through funding from Proposition 84 (the Safe Drinking Water Quality and Supply, Flood Control, River and Coastal Protection Bond Act, passed in 2006) and an additional donation from an anonymous philanthropic funder, will fund a variety of collaborative projects focused around MPA outreach and education. Contact your local collaborative to find out more. 
MPA Ocean Recreation Handbook

CMSF, in collaboration with the Santa Cruz MPA Collaborative, has created a resource meant to aid ocean recreation businesses (kayak, whale watch, scuba) in orienting their 
patrons to Santa Cruz's special protected areas and the wildlife that may be seen near them. This pdf can be printed, laminated and bound for use in shops or out in the elements. This template is easily editable for use in other areas. View the pdf here or contact for the editable file.

Pacific Grove Hyperbaric Chamber Campaign
The all-volunteer run, Pacific Grove Hyperbaric Chamber has served a critical role in the treatment of decompression illness (DCI) related to both diving and flying, and carbon monoxide poisoning cases, since it was established over 50-years ago, saving over 550 lives.­­­ As the only emergency treatment facility of its kind for divers and pilots between southern California and Seattle, its continued operation is vital to our local community, Monterey County, and the state.

This year, the Monterey County Gives campaign has included the Pacific Grove Hyperbaric Chamber in its annual fundraiser. As 2017 comes to a close, we encourage you to consider the Chamber during your "end of year" giving.
Our fundraising campaign is in honor and memory of Dr. Takashi Hattori. Tak devoted over 40 years of service to the Chamber, all on a voluntary basis, earning him the nickname "Dive Doc." A longtime resident of the Monterey Peninsula, Dr. Hattori's leadership and can-do attitude were responsible for bringing online the Pacific Grove Hyperbaric Chamber that is still in use today.

The Monterey County Gives project starts on November 9th and ends on December 31st. Donations will be eligible for matching funds from Monterey County Gives. To learn more about this campaign, and to make a donation beginning November 9th, please follow this link.
North Coast Region MPA Updates
The report on the State of the California North Coast is out! Learn about the biological, ecological, oceanographic, and socioeconomic conditions around the time of MPA implementation on the North Coast. The North Coast region includes more than 1,000 square miles of state water from Point Arena to the California-Oregon border, and this report establishes  a benchmark of conditions against which future changes can be compared. Find the full report here

North Coast Community Gatherings in Crescent City, Eureka, and Fort Bragg were hosted by CDFW, OPC, and OST from November 1-3 to present and discuss key baseline monitoring information from the State of the California North Coast report and long-term monitoring efforts. The gatherings were attended by more than 80 participants, including fishermen, Tribal citizens, researchers, citizen scientists, educators, and more. For more information, visit
Upcoming California King Tides
The California King Tides Project invites you to document "king tides" - the highest high tides of today, which will be the average water levels of the future. 

Our shores are constantly being altered by human and natural processes and sea level rise will exacerbate these changes. King Tides images offer a living record of the changes to our coasts and shorelines and a glimpse of what our daily tides may look like in the future as a result of sea level rise. 
2017/2018 King Tides Season Dates

December 3, 4, and 5, 2017

January 1 and 2, 2018


It's easy to participate. Just pick a location, take photos using your smartphone and share them! Photos will be used to communicate about the effects of flooding and to spread awareness about the importance of protecting communities now. Add your photos to the Flickr page to make sure they can be used in future planning and education (and please select a sharable license). You can also share your photos on social media with #KingTides to get immediate visibility.  Head out solo to capture the King Tides, or join a group event! View all group events here.

Stuck inside or want to share King Tides with your classroom? California State Parks will be broadcasting live on the morning of December 5th from several locations along the coast! Watch King Tides on your computer screen on the State Parks Periscope channel from 9am to 12:30pm. 

For more information, please visit the King Tides Project Website
Underwater Parks Day Events
California's 9th Annual Underwater Parks Day is on January 13, 2017.

During the month of January, many locations across the state will be celebrating our network of marine protected areas with special events for the entire family to enjoy.  Find an event happening near you below!

Friends of the Elephant Seal
Saturday, January 13

Friends of the Elephant Seal and California State Parks will be hosting an Underwater Parks Day event from 10 to 2 on Saturday January 13 at the Piedras Blancas elephant seal viewing area. There will be information about marine protected areas and elephant seals, activities for all ages and delicious underwater creature cookies. The Piedras Blancas elephant seal viewing area is on Highway 1, four miles north of Hearst Castle.
For more information, contact or visit their website

Cabrillo Marine Aquarium
Saturday, January 20
3720 Stephen M. White Drive, San Pedro, CA 90731 

Cabrillo Marine Aquarium will be celebrating Underwater Parks Day on Saturday January 20 with engaging activities including crafts, tote bag/poster giveaways, staff presentations and videos in the John M. Olguin Auditorium. 
For more information contact  Mike Schaadt or visit their website.

Aqua rium of the Pacific
Saturday, January 20
100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, CA 90802

Aquarium of the Pacific will celebrate Underwater Parks Day on Saturday January 20th in the Great Hall. Learn more about Southern California's network of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs). Marine protected area stories will be told using film, lectures, and interactive exhibits. Additionally, representatives from Bolsa Chica, Reef Check, Aquarium of the Pacific scientific diving and education staffing a table.
For more information, visit the event webpage .

Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History Sea Center
Saturday, January 20
211 Stearns Wharf, Santa Barbara, CA 93101

The Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History Sea Center will be be hosting their annual Underwater Parks Day Festival on Saturday, January 20. Please check their website closer to the event date for more information. 

Saturday, January 20
One LEGOLAND Drive, Carlsbad, CA 92008

The Climate Science Alliance will be celebrate Underwater Parks Day at SEALIFE Aquarium with Climate Kids-storytelling, art activities, and an interactive  science area on January 20. For more information please check their website closer to the event. 

California Science Center
Saturday, January 13
700 Exposition Park Drive,  Los Angeles, CA 90037

California Science Center will be celebrating Underwater Parks Day by hosting special Dive Shows and providing engaging activities in the Curator's Lab.
For more information, contact Evelyn Serrano.

Santa Monica Pier Aquarium
January 2018
1600 Ocean Front Walk, Santa Monica, CA 90401

Santa Monica Pier Aquarium will be celebrating Underwater Parks Day with activities and special events. Don't miss the new marine protected area virtual reality exhibit that will allow visitors to experience a breathtaking dive into an underwater forest without getting wet! Please check their website in early January for more information. 
Opportunities for Involvement
Point Lobos Restoration Days
This winter, California State Parks and the Point Lobos Foundation are restoring coastal bluff habitat along the beautiful South Shore Trail and they need your help!
Volunteers are needed to help plant native species on  Saturday, December 9 & 16 from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm

All are welcome, no prior experience is necessary and we'll work rain or shine! Volunteers must pre-register.

For more information ands to register please visit  this page.

Natural Bridges State Beach Volunteer Opportunity

Natural  Bridges State Beach is looking for a volunteer to staff their ocean  conservation mobile cart at the upcoming Migration Festival on February 10th from 11am to 4 pm.

The mobile cart will be stocked with fun and exciting activities for all ages as well as information to orient the public to Natural Bridges State Beach, the wildlife in the area and more. 

If interested, please contact
Upcoming Events
Save Our Shores Holiday Open House
Friday December 8, 5:30-8:30pm
Live Oak Library, 2380 Portola Drive, Santa Cruz CA

Join Save Our Shores at then Live Oak Library for a Holiday Open House complete with  Hor's   D'oevres,  holiday treats, wine and beer. For more information, contact

Seymour Marine Discovery Center Volunteer Information Night
Thursday December 14, 2017

Stop by the Seymour Center Open House and Volunteer Night to learn ore about becoming a volunteer! Learn what it means to be a docent, talk to current volunteers and explore the Seymour Center. For more information, view this flyer. 

Of The Sea Film Screening at Seymour Marine Discovery Center 
Sunday December 17, 2017

Join the Seymour Center for a special screen filming followed by an engaging discussion. The film, Of The Sea, tells the story of five California fishermen and demonstrates how seafood choices can influence ocean sustainability. To learn more, view the flyer

Free with admission to the Seymour Center ($8 Adults/ $6 Students or Seniors)
Free admission for Seymour Center Members and UCSC Undergraduates with valid ID.

Seymour Marine Discovery Center Docent Training
Applications due January 5, 2018

The Seymour Center at UC Santa Cruz Long Marine Lab is seeking new docents to join their team. The docent training requires a dynamic 10-week training class that will give you all the tools you need to interpret marine science and conservation for the public. 
For more information view this flyer.

West Coast Sea Turtles Workshop
Thursday, January 18, 2018

Sea turtles are among the world's most popular and charismatic species, yet little is known about their presence in California, let alone along the western states all the way up to Alaska!  NOAA biologists Dan Lawson and Christina Fahy will unveil cutting-edge 
research on the West Coast's resident green sea turtle population, in addition to the    often-overlooked permitting, agency oversight, and monitoring needs for the four species that travel into our area.
With the classroom portion set at the Aquarium of the Pacific, you will have the opportunity to learn about direct conservation efforts put on by the aquarium and citizen science groups before looking at wild sea turtle habitat from the shore of the San Gabriel River.  Click here f or more information and registration.