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August 29, 2013

MPA Watch Training in La Jolla

Diane Castaneda
Scripps Pier, La Jolla.

This past Saturday, WILDCOAST held its first MPA Watch training for the La Jolla area.

The training was a success with 25 volunteers being part of La Jolla's first MPA Watch Program. Volunteers will be surveying the Matlahuayl Marine Reserve and the San Diego Scripps Marine Conservation Area, both popular destination sites for thousands of visitors and residents that like to enjoy San Diego's marine wildlife. 

With the establishment of these MPAs, it is important to have trained volunteers that are able to provide important data that will help us understand how these areas are being used. Volunteers will also serve as MPA educators by letting visitors know about the new protections and rules.

Thank you to everyone that joined us for the training! If you would like to be part of this group, please check back regularly on our website for our next training annoucement.  

What is MPA Watch?

MPA Watch is a citizen science data collection program designed to better understand how people are using their new MPAs. Volunteers will be trained to collect valuable data on ocean users and their activities, such as surfing, kayaking, fishing, boating, running, etc.  These surveys will allow us to better understand how people are using the MPAs, and we will also evaluate compliance with the Department of Fish and Wildlife policies and regulations.  This data will also help us to understand where there may be a need for enhanced education and outreach, signage, and law enforcement.