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MEETING FOCUSES ON OCEAN CONSERVATION

MPA Watch trains volunteers to observe and collect data on human uses of coastal and marine resources inside and outside marine protected areas.

 The Environmental Action Committee of West Marin joined the Marine Protected Area Watch Network at the Bodega Bay Marine Lab on Aug. 30 for the bi-annual network meeting. The goal was to provide program updates, look at future program planning, and brainstorm ways to strengthen the MPA Watch program across California.

   MPA Watch is a network of programs that support healthy oceans through community science. The group trains volunteers to observe and collect data on human uses of coastal and marine resources inside and outside marine protected areas. Volunteers use standardized protocols to collect relevant, scientifically rigorous and broadly accessible data.

MPA Watch, a partnership of the Environmental Action Committee of West Marin, is a network of programs that support healthy oceans through community science.
Photos courtesy of EAC

   “We love coming together in person with the MPA Watch network. It’s a fantastic opportunity to meet with like-minded partners from across the state,” said Leslie Adler-Ivanbrook, Marin MPA Watch program director. “Gathering with passionate people who care deeply about protecting and preserving our coasts inspires us to renew and strengthen our dedication to helping protect coastal ecosystems.”

     Learn more about the Marin MPA Watch program at eacmarin.org/mpa-watch.

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