Citizen Science for Stewardship of Coastal and Ocean Resources
Volunteers have submitted 45184 surveys to date.

To learn more about the program, please see MPA Watch's Two Page Summary Document.


For detailed information on how California's MPA Watch program is implemented, please review the California MPA Watch Manual.


To understand how data is collected, please see the protocols for conducting land-based surveys.


To better understand MPA Watch's data categories, please see the MPA Watch land-based data sheet.



External Resources

More information about California MPAs and how to get involved

Information regarding California's MPA Collaborative network

California Department of Fish & Wildlife

California Ocean Protection Council

Ocean Science Trust

The MPA Monitoring Enterprise

Ocean Spaces

Thank You Ocean

Marine Protected Areas are scattered across the entire globe! For more information, visit the MPA Global website