November 2015
A monthly newsletter to keep you up to date on MPAs!
Greetings! Welcome to the November 2015 issue of the California Marine Protected Areas Education and Outreach Newsletter! This month's issue brings our attention to "The Big Blue Thanksgiving Listen", MPA geocaches and other exciting MPA news. We've also highlighted a variety of exciting events coming up!
  • The Big Blue Thanksgiving Listen
  • Statewide MPA geocaches
  • North Central Coast Ocean Community Questionnaire
  • A Fishermen, A Scientist and MPAs
  • Upcoming Events
The Big Blue Thanksgiving Listen
This year, StoryCorps is hosting the Great Thanksgiving Listen, and we want to try using the StoryCorps app to capture family stories about the coast and ocean with your help!  With the upcoming holiday, there is an opportunity to engage your families around our love of the ocean, and document how integral it has been to life in California for generations. 
How does it work? In a nutshell: you (and whoever you chose to pass this on to!) record your family/friend's ocean related memories, upload, tag, and share through social media channels. We recommend using #calocean as your hashtag!  With permission from the participants, each of these interviews will be uploaded to the StoryCorps archive in the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress.  The emphasis this Thanksgiving is on listening to our elders, so stories from parents and grandparents are especially welcome. See the  detailed instructions here

Please let us know if you plan to participate, and what hashtag(s) you will ask supporters to use. 
MPA Geocache Expansion
Geocaches are now hidden near 26 MPAs across the state! 

Geocaching, a real-world treasure hunting game using GPS, allows people of all ages to explore the coastline in search of the cache boxes and the treasures within. Each geocache box contains information about MPAs, a logbook to sign your name and fish magnets that are free for the taking. Follow this link for more information, including a list of existing MPA geocaches. 

If your organization is interested in learning more about this project and the various ways you can get involved, from exploring, finding and promoting caches, to hiding one of your own or playing a facilitator role for a current cache, please contact

North Central Coast Community Questionnaire

Do you participate in North Central Coast monitoring projects, or have a general interest in MPA monitoring? 

Ocean Science Trust invites you to share your insights via an online  North Central Coast Ocean Community Questionnaire . Information gathered will help to better understand local monitoring interests and priorities, and will inform community conversations about planning for a partnership-based approach to long-term monitoring in th e area. 
Click here for more information about MPA monitoring in the North Central Coast. 

A Fishermen, A Scientist and MPAs

In September, experts with UCSB's Marine Science Institute released a comprehensive 10-year study on the Channel Islands MPAs. By all accounts, the MPAs appear to be working. The report says the fish are healthier and exist in larger quantities, both inside and outside of the MPAs. 

But, how does all this affect a local fishing industry that has less room to operate? And what does it mean moving forward?
Listen to Dr. Jenn Caselle, marine ecologist at U.C. Santa Barbara, and Chris Voss, President of the Commercial Fishermen of Santa Barbara talk about the Channel Islands MPAs on public radio KCRW.  
Upcoming Events
North Coast MPA Collaborative Forum

On November 17th from 9am to 5pm, MPA collaborative members from Sonoma, Mendocino, Humboldt and Del Norte will meet with agency representatives and researchers at the first North Coast Forum in Fortuna to discuss shared goals and challenges, identify needs and make plans for the coming year.

Representatives from across the state are welcome to attend. Please RSVP here if you are interested in attending. 

2015 California King Tides


On November 24, 25 and 26th expect some of the highest tides of winter. 


Via smartphones and social media, you are invited to document "king tides" - the highest high tides of today, which will be the average water levels of the future. Everyone is welcome to participate! 

South Marsh Footbridge at Elkhorn Slough Reserve during king tides in 2014


Our shores are constantly being altered by human and natural processes and projections indicate that sea level rise will exacerbate these changes. King tide 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. 


Other upcoming king tides are December 22, 23, 24 and January 21, 22.

Learn more here!

MPA Hikes in Newport Beach!
November 21, 2015 from 11:00AM- 1:00PM
December 19, 2015 from 9:30AM- 11:30AM

Join the Office of Natural Resources at the City of Newport Beach on a moderate 1.3 mile low-tide hike through Newport Beach's Crystal Cove State Marine Conservation Area.  Be sure to wear close-toed shoes and sunscreen, and be prepared to get a little wet!  Hikes are dependent on weather and surf conditions, and participants must be 13 years and older.  

Admission is Free!
Meet at Little Corona Beach at the corner of Poppy Avenue and Ocean Boulevard 

For more information please contact: 
Underwater Parks Day is Coming!

Underwater Parks Day is Saturday, January 16, 2016! 
Does your organization have plans for celebrating? 

Please let us know so we can highlight your event in our special Underwater Parks Day Newsletter, and send you a FREE illustrated poster of California's MPAs

We also have a variety of education and outreach resources available on our website that may be useful to your Underwater Parks Day celebrations!