The California Department of Fish and Wildlife invites members of the North Coast ocean community and any other interested citizens to attend a series of informal community gatherings held throughout the North Coast area (Crescent City, Eureka, and Fort Bragg) from November 1-3, 2017 to learn about marine protected area (MPA) baseline monitoring conducted in the region. This baseline monitoring collected information on the ecological, socioeconomic, and cultural use conditions near the time MPAs went into effect on California’s North Coast (from Alder Creek near Point Arena north to the California-Oregon border).
These free events will be open to the diverse ocean community in the North Coast, including fishermen, California Tribes and Tribal communities, researchers, citizen scientists, educators, and others interested in the monitoring and adaptive management of California’s MPAs. At each community gathering, participants will learn about:
- The State of the California North Coast report, a synopsis of ecological, biological, oceanographic, and socioeconomic conditions during the initial phase of monitoring.
- The status of California’s MPA Management Program, including next steps for long-term MPA monitoring.
Please visit the North Coast page on the Oceanspaces website for more information, including a community gathering program and North Coast Snapshot Reports. The reports highlight key information about activities in North Coast waters during the baseline monitoring period.
Learn more about MPAs by diving into the
Exploring California’s Marine Protected Areas series!