We train citizen-scientists to record human uses of Marine Protected Areas.

The Marin Marine Protected Area (MPA) Watch is part of a state-wide network of organizations that train the public to become citizen-scientists through the recording of human activities within our network of California Marine Protected Areas. 

The data collected by MPA Watch acts as a compliment to the biological surveys of MPAs throughout the state.  The data provides information on how human beings are using our MPAs and assists in informing agencies, organizations, and local communities about the success and health of their MPAs.

Additionally, the MPA Watch program aims to involve local communities in learning about marine and coastal resources, and to inspire and empower ocean stewardship.

The Marin MPA Watch is a collaborative effort administered by the Environmental Action Committee of West Marin, and partnered with the California Academy of Sciences, and Point Reyes National Seashore. 

Watch out for this guy! We found this sand dollar during our MPA Watch training at low tide

Posted by Marin MPA Watch on Saturday, February 6, 2016


Learn about our methods, partners and results of our volunteer training within our Marine Protected Areas.

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