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Public comment period opens for Central Coast MPA Monitoring Plan!






Public comment period opens for Central Coast MPA Monitoring Plan!


California Ocean Science Trust, in partnership with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, released the Draft Central Coast MPA Monitoring Plan for public input. This represents an important milestone in our work to develop a scientifically rigorous, cost-effective approach to long-term monitoring in the Central Coast that meets the requirements of the Marine Life Protection Act and reflects local monitoring priorities and interests. The public comment period extends until June 4, 2014.


The monitoring plan will guide implementation of Central Coast MPA monitoring. The draft plan has been informed by members of the Central Coast ocean community, and it has received extensive input from scientists from throughout California and beyond.


Visit the Central Coast program page on OceanSpaces.org for a PDF of the draft plan, instructions for submitting input, and a guidance document.

Citizen Science and MPA Monitoring


On April 23-24, 2014, representatives from citizen science groups operating throughout the Central Coast gathered to share experiences, build community, and in particular, explore the opportunity to strengthen connections between citizen science and MPA monitoring.


The workshop was an important milestone in our California Citizen Science Initiative. The goal of this initiative is to identify organizational models for citizen science that can contribute to sustained, useful and cost-effective MPA monitoring efforts, and to apply and test this knowledge through the process of implementing long-term MPA monitoring in the Central Coast.


Read the workshop summary here, and check out the citizen science blog on OceanSpaces to participate in the conversation.

Connecting the Dots in the North Central Coast


Coastal ecosystems are much more than the sum of their parts!  To explore the interactions among natural and human systems in the North Central Coast region, and the management implications of these ties, California Ocean Science Trust, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, and Partnership for Interdisciplinary Studies of Coastal Oceans (PISCO) are partnering to build on baseline monitoring results.


We’re collaborating with a diverse array of academic, state, and non-profit researchers to examine connections among ecosystems and among different types of data (i.e., ecological, socioeconomic, environmental). These projects will also leverage monitoring data to inform MPA management and other dialogues, such as fisheries management, and monitoring the impacts of ocean acidification, hypoxia, and other aspects of climate change.


We began this phase in late 2013, armed with the data and results from the 11 MPA Baseline Program projects, and look forward to sharing results of this work beginning late 2014.


Click here to visit the North Central Coast page on OceanSpaces, where you can view an overview and timeline for this work.

Coming soon... OceanSpaces Site Update!


OceanSpaces is committed to being a valuable resource for California’s ocean community. Last month we announced that OceanSpaces is evolving based on the great community feedback we received. An important feature of the OceanSpaces community is the ability to share the amazing work done within our community.


To help amplify the voices of our members, the OceanSpaces blog will soon be open to all of our members to post exciting stories, ideas, and results from their work. So come and tell your story when OceanSpaces.org unveils its community-feedback driven evolution in a couple of weeks. 


May 2014




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