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NEW State of the California South Coast Report & Community Gatherings Share MPA Baseline Reporting

March 20, 2017   –   March 24, 2017

The most comprehensive study to date of southern California’s coastal ocean, the “State of the California South Coast,” is now available.  Spanning ecosystems and human uses from shore to sea, the report brings together research from more than 45 groups--including academic, agency, and citizen scientists-- to share key findings from baseline marine protected area (MPA) monitoring in the South Coast. The report provides a snapshot of ocean conditions around the time the MPAs were established in 2012, and will help inform an initial management review, and enable state resource managers to track changes over time.

Join California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Ocean Protection Council, and Ocean Science Trust to explore the State of the California South Coast.

Click here for an event flyer and here for the program - thank you for sharing far and wide!

During the week of March 20-24, local ocean community members are invited to attend a series of community gatherings held throughout the South Coast region (Pt. Conception to the California/Mexico border, including offshore islands). Join us to learn about key findings from marine protected area (MPA) baseline monitoring and participate in decision making about our ocean.

Each event will be free and open to the public, bringing together fishermen, California tribes and tribal communities, researchers, citizen scientists, educators, and others interested in monitoring, evaluation, and adaptive management of California’s MPAs and marine resources. Click here for the program.

Community Gathering Schedule

Monday, March 20: Marina Village Conference Center in San Diego, 5-7pm

Tuesday, March 21: Cabrillo Marine Aquarium in San Pedro, 1-3pm

Wednesday, March 22: Wishtoyo Chumash Village in Malibu, 4-6pm

Thursday, March 23: Holiday Inn Express in San Clemente, 5-7pm

Friday, March 24: Marine Center Classroom in Santa Barbara, 4-6pm

A similar program will be presented at each event.

Check out our recently updated blog post for additional details about the gatherings, including a program for the events, information about presenters, and opportunities to view video and/or live streaming. RSVPs are appreciated, but not required:   

We look forward to seeing you in the South Coast!