California's MPAs

Protecting 16% of state waters, California’s MPAs offer a protected corridor for iconic wildlife like the humpback whale to travel along the Western coast of the United States.

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MARINE DEBRIS

WILDCOAST mitigates the impact of marine debris by organizing beach clean ups, pushing for strict legislation and creating new recycling markets.

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WILDLANDS & ISLANDS

More than 2.9 million acres of open ocean and rugged islands off the coast of Baja are protected through the Pacific Islands Biosphere Reserve.

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Establishing robust marine protected areas in the Californias and areas of the ocean that are biologically diverse.

Putting a stop to overfishing and other destructive practices like offshore drilling and deep-sea mining

WILDCOAST is leading efforts in California to conserve 545,280 acres of MPAs

Protect

We protect ocean wilderness off the coast of the Californias through protected area management, monitoring, outreach and public engagement.

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Partner

Together with more than 600 partners, including the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, California MPA Collaborative Network, MPA Watch Network, local original nations, fishermen, researchers, volunteers and Mexico's National Commission for Natural Protected Areas, we are working to ensure the protection of open ocean.

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Where We Work

From the rugged coast of Northern California to the vibrant shores of Oaxaca and across borders, the oceans connect us all. Our programs establish new marine protected areas, deter poachers and build conservation capacity in local communities.

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Our Impact

545,280

acres of coastal and marine ecosystems in California established as marine protected areas (MPAs)

2,000

volunteers trained to help monitor 60 MPAs in California through the MPA Watch Program

485,000

pounds of ocean-bound trash removed from beaches and wetlands

20,000

fish guides distributed to MPA users in San Diego County

983

students trained to collect ecological and human use data in San Diego County MPAs

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More of our work

CORAL REEFS

Coral reefs play an important role in sustaining our oceans and global economies. WILDCOAST is working to conserve coral reefs throughout Mexico and Cuba by establishing protected areas and promoting reef stewardship and education.
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WHALES

The gray whale winters and breeds in Baja’s warm, pristine lagoons—an area threatened by industrial development. Together with the local government and conservation groups, WILDCOAST is defending this vital shoreline.
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CLIMATE CHANGE

As global temperatures rise, sea levels are climbing. In partnership with Mexico’s National Commission for Protected Natural Areas, WILDCOAST is helping conserve thousands of acres of carbon-storing mangroves in northwest Mexico.
Climate Change

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SEA TURTLES

Sea turtles are key to healthy oceans but now face extinction. WILDCOAST is conserving sea turtles by protecting nesting beaches, addressing poaching and support local communities in sustainable practices.
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MANGROVES

Mangroves are among the world’s greatest carbon sequestering plants, absorbing carbon from the atmosphere and storing it within their rich soils.
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COASTAL WETLANDS

In 1971 the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands of International Importance was signed as an international treaty for worldwide wetland conservation. Wetlands are recognized for their ecological importance on a global scale, acting as buffers for coastal communities and providing important habitat for thousands of species.
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WILDLANDS

Spanning the Baja California peninsula are millions of acres of protected areas that include open ocean, rugged islands, mangrove lagoons and wilderness coastline.
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