Welcome to the

MPA Monitoring Enterprise's 

April e-update!


We're Hiring a Communications Manager!






We're Hiring! 


We are seeking a creative, dedicated and skilled individual to join our team as Communications Manager! This position will develop and implement a dynamic communications strategy for the organization that advances our mission and programmatic goals.  Please help us share this announcement!  A full position description can be found here.  Review of applications will begin April 22, 2014.


When Work is a Day at the Beach 


Check out our latest Facing West blog post highlighting the North Central Coast’s sandy beaches, where MPA monitoring is giving us our first in-depth look at this important ecosystem.  Monitoring was a collaborative effort among academic and citizen scientists. 


"My favorite part was the monthly surveys," says Karina Nielsen, a biology professor at Sonoma State University. "I got to leave my busy life and walk incredible beaches when it was stormy, calm, sunny or rainy. We got the pulse over the seasons."


Some key findings are shared in the blog, as well as in the North Central Coast Regional Snapshot Report on OceanSpaces.org.



Coming Soon: A Central Coast Monitoring Survey 


We know that the Central Coast is home to a an extensive community of world-class ocean researchers, but it is not always easy to see an accurate picture of what this community is doing at a given time, let alone how that activity relates to the priorities and needs of MPA monitoring. As part of a transition from the Baseline Program into long-term monitoring in the Central Coast, we'll work to develop this picture through an online survey that assesses current monitoring activities and capacity throughout the region.


The survey will examine geographic and temporal coverage of monitoring activities, along with their compatibility with the indicators and metrics outlined in the monitoring plan, which is currently being updated. The results will show gaps, overlaps, potential synergies, and key assets, all of which can form the basis of a work-plan for cost-effectively investing potential state funds, and leveraging other sources to support Central Coast monitoring. We look forward to sharing more next month!  




OceanSpaces is Evolving!


OceanSpaces is committed to being a valuable resource for California’s ocean community. We know that success is driven by member participation, so for the last four months we have asked members how they use OceanSpaces and what improvements they would like to see. We received a great set of responses to help us update the look of the site, improve usability and navigation, and continue to add new features that further enhance the benefits of OceanSpaces membership.


Stay tuned for the exciting developments as OceanSpaces.org unveils its community-feedback driven evolution in May! 



California Citizen Science Initiative


The Citizen Science Initiative is continuing to write program profiles for the citizen science groups of the Central Coast. This month brings us Reef Check California, a group of committed divers who survey kelp forests. They are or have been involved in the baseline monitoring efforts of each of the four regional networks of Marine Protected Areas. Check it out here






April 2014




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