Safeguarding Our Underwater Wilderness: A Deep Dive into California’s Marine Protected Areas

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Come join the Ocean Protection Council in celebrating California’s marine protected areas (MPAs) as we reflect on the establishment of the state’s MPA network, learn about compelling ocean science, and explore innovative ways to support MPA effectiveness into the future.

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May 23, 2019 

8:30 AM – 12:30 PM

California EPA Building

1001 I Street, Room 550

Sacramento, CA 95812

Agenda Overview


9:00am – 11:00am Innovative Science and Management of California’s MPAs

  • Participate in a review of California’s MPAs, a scientific panel highlighting recent MPA research, and a panel of local and regional experts showcasing innovative approaches to MPA stewardship.


11:00am – 12:30pm MPA Partners Fair

  • OPC’s partners will exhibit displays detailing their unique MPA-related efforts. This is an open forum for partners to discuss their work and share ideas with the Council and the public.
  • Lunch buffet will begin at 11:30am, provided by the Resource Legacy Fund


1:00pm – 4:00pm Ocean Protection Council Meeting

  • Head over to the California Environmental Protection Agency’s Coastal Hearing Room at 1001 I Street.  The Council meeting agenda will be posted on OPC’s website by May 13.


Full Agenda


8:30 – 9:00 AM          



MPA Background (Room 550)

9:00 – 9:15 AM


  • Opening remarks: Wade Crowfoot, Secretary of Natural Resources
  • Welcome: Deborah Halberstadt, Ocean Protection Council
  • A review of California’s MPA history and management: Becky Ota, California Department of Fish and Wildlife


9:15 – 10:00 AM

Research in California’s MPAs

  • Pete Raimondi, UC Santa Cruz: The science behind rocky intertidal monitoring across the state
  • Jenn Caselle, UC Santa Barbara: What Channel Islands research can tell us about MPA trends


California’s Innovative MPA Management (Room 550)

10:00 – 10:50 AM

Partners Panel

  • Collaboration with California’s Tribes and Tribal Governments: Megan Van Pelt and Reno Franklin, MPA Statewide Leadership Team Tribal Representatives
  • Community Involvement: Calla Allison, MPA Collaborative Network
  • Enforcement and Compliance: Mike Stefanak, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Law Enforcement Division
  • International efforts: Jennifer Savage, Surfrider and International Union for Conservation of Nature Green List Expert Assessment Group Member


10:50 – 11:00 AM

Closing presentation

  • 2022 MPA Management Review: Becky Ota, California Department of Fish and Wildlife
  • Looking forward: Leveraging California’s MPAs for Climate Resilience: Deborah Halberstadt, Ocean Protection Council


MPA Fair & Lunch (Coastal Hearing Room)

11:00 AM – 12:30 PM

Partner organizations will host displays highlighting innovative MPA research and outreach products.  Workshop participants will have an opportunity to view materials and speak directly with partners helping support successful MPA management in California.


Participating partners include:

    • MPA Collaborative Network
    • MPA Watch
    • California Marine Sanctuaries Foundation
    • Reef Check California
    • California Academy of Sciences
    • California State Parks
    • Partnership for Interdisciplinary Studies of Coastal Oceans (PISCO)
    • Multi-Agency Rocky Intertidal Network (MARINe)
    • California Collaborative Fisheries Research Program (CCFRP)
    • National Marine Sanctuaries
    • Marine Applied Research & Exploration (MARE)
    • Deep Water Collaborative
    • CSUMB ‘s California Undersea Imagery Archive (CUIA), Immersion! Program
    • Coastal Quest
    • California Sea Grant
    • Central & Northern CA Ocean Observing System/ Southern CA Coastal Ocean Observing System (CeNCOOS/SCCOOS)

Lunch will be served at 11:30 AM. Lunch provided to those who RSVP.


Ocean Protection Council Meeting (Coastal Hearing Room)

1:00 – 4:00 PM  

OPC’s quarterly meeting will be held at the California Environmental Protection Agency, Coastal Hearing Room, 1001 I Street, Sacramento.  The meeting agenda will be posted by May 13 on OPC’s website.

Contact: Scott Shatto,

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