MPA Watch

With 2,000 trained volunteers and over 23,000 surveys collected to date, this statewide program leverages the power of community science to drive positive change.

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Through classroom and field trainings, MPA Watch volunteers learn how our marine protected areas (MPAs) were created, MPA locations, regulations, and identification of common human uses. MPA Watch volunteers monitor all human uses in MPAs including beach recreation, surfing, swimming, fishing, boating, diving and tidepooling. Surveys take fifteen minutes to one hour to complete.

SITE MAPS

Imperial Beach Site Info

Encinitas Site Info

La Jolla Site Info

South La Jolla Site Info

RESOURCES

Data Portal - Instructions

Logging Surveys - Instructions

SAN DIEGO COUNTY MPA INFORMATION

Map of San Diego Co. MPAs

Swami's SMCA Overview Sheet

San Diego - Scripps Coastal SMCA Overview Sheet

Matlahuayl SMR Overview Sheet

South La Jolla SMR Overview Sheet

Tijuana River Mouth SMCA Overview Sheet

MPA Watch Digital Presentations

Encinitas

Presentation for new MPA Watch volunteers planning to survey the biodiverse marine protected areas of Encinitas
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La Jolla

Presentation for new MPA Watch volunteers planning to survey the beautiful marine protected areas of La Jolla
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Imperial Beach

Presentation for new MPA Watch volunteers planning to survey the crucial marine protected areas of Imperial Beach
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Contact the MPA Watch Coordinator

angela@wildcoast.org