California Coastkeeper Alliance helped California become a world leader in ocean protection by creating the nation’s first system of underwater parks, but our work is far from done. CCKA watchdogs coastal industrial facilities, pollution and climate change impacts to our marine ecosystems, and works to enforce agency laws and policies to address these threats to MPAs. CCKA also advocates for investments in restoration, monitoring and enforcement in and around marine protected areas throughout California, to ensure the most robust possible protection of these areas.
Throughout California, residents making a difference in ocean protection by joining local efforts to support marine protected areas – and you can too! Visit the Department of Fish and Game’s website for online maps of all the marine protected areas by region or visit the mobile site to identify underwater parks in your area. Join a local MPA Collaborative, groups of ocean experts and authorities who create locally-tailored programs and strategies for outreach and education, enforcement and compliance and research and monitoring for these special areas. Or volunteer with a locally-based MPA Watch program. Orange County Coastkeeper, Los Angeles Waterkeeper, Santa Barbara Channelkeeper, The Otter Project and other local groups regularly walk the beaches and coastal areas next to MPAs to ensure that the rules are followed, and to track all kinds of uses in these popular places.
Above all else, enjoy your marine reserves! Thriving protected areas provide a great environment for kayaking, diving, snorkeling and tidepooling.