Marine Protected Areas
Photo Credit: Bob Wohlers
Marine protected areas (MPAs) are discreet geographic marine or estuarine areas designed to protect or conserve marine life and habitat. There are three types of MPAs recognized in California: state marine reserve (SMR), state marine park (SMP) and state marine conservation area (SMCA). California is currently in the process of reevaluating and redesigning its MPAs. USC Sea Grant provides leadership and leverages resources to bring to the discussion the best readily available science to redesign marine protected areas in Southern California, incorporating the advice and assistance of scientists, resource managers, experts, stakeholders and members of the public.
Research & Outreach Projects
- Marine Map: a web-based decision support tool for open and participatory spatial planning in the marine environment and is used in the MLPA process in California. MarineMap offers a simple, flexible and powerful means of gathering expertise from resource managers, scientists, stakeholders and public in a process of collaborative decision making.
- Marine Life Protection Act Initiative
- Orange County Marine Protected Area Council
- Urban Mariner: "Loving the Coast to Death." October 2009, Volume 1, Number 2
- PISCO Marine Protected Area Science Summary
Funding OpportunitiesClick here to learn about funding opportunities through USC Sea Grant.
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National Focus AreaHealthy Coastal Ecosystems