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February 07, 2012

San Diego Residents Excited to Learn About Their New Underwater Parks!

"Meet Your New Underwater Parks" Event on February 4th.
Octavio Aburto giving a talk about Cabo Pulmo MPA.

More than 60 people from San Diego County joined WiLDCOAST at the Tijuana Estuary Visitor Center on Saturday February 4th to learn more about The California Department of Fish and Game’s new Marine Protected Areas (MPAs): our underwater parks.   Attendees included two-dozen students from Southwest High School, 15 members from the scuba diving group “Power Scuba,” as well as residents from Tijuana, Mex.   

The event was organized by WiLDCOAST and The Tijuana River Estuary. We held a great discussion with the community, and participants learned about the different MPAs located throughout San Diego County and the recovery of marine ecosystems.  As a treat, gift cards for surfing lessons, kayak tours, and tickets to the Birch Aquarium were raffled off to the public.

During the second part of the event, Dr. Octavio Aburto from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography joined the event and discussed the success story of Cabo Pulmo National Marine Park in Baja California Sur, Mexico. Dr. Aburto’s lecture was not only educational but it inspired residents in San Diego to take action to help protect their very own underwater parks in California.  After the talks, attendees enjoyed a walk through the Tijuana Estuary to learn more about the ecology of the estuary and how it’s connected to the newly establish Tijuana River Mouth State Marine Conservation Area in Imperial Beach.

To learn about Marine Protected Areas, please visit our program page for more information, or keep checking our website for future events and lectures in your area!

If you would like our Conservation Program Coordinator, Diane Castaneda to come to your school to talk about marine conservation and Marine Protected areas, Please email:

Special thanks to the Birch Aquarium, Chula Vista Kayak tours, Hike Bike Kayak tours in La Jolla, I.B. School of Surf and Katy’s Café for their generous donations.

Check out the pictures of the event!