California Marine Sanctuary Foundation
Marine Protected Area Education and Outreach Initiative
The California Marine Sanctuary Foundation (CMSF) serves a crucial niche for California’s marine protected areas (MPAs). Beginning in 2007, CMSF launched the MPA Education and Outreach initiative, designed to augment and complement the California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s efforts to make the public aware of MPAs. Through this initiative, CMSF closely collaborates with federal, state, and local government agencies, educational institutes, aquaria, harbors and marinas, and various NGOs focused on outreach and conservation. (Link to partners page)
This initiative has played a crucial leadership role in support of California’s MPAs, working across the state to connect the public to MPAs in tangible, personal ways. Our accomplishments, in partnership with a multitude of “on the ground” organizations and agencies have received wide acclaim:
- Installing over 200 interpretive and regulatory MPA signs across the state
- Developing brochures focused on fishing and MPAs for every major harbor in the state
- Continuously building upon this website, meant to serve as a comprehensive resource library for MPA materials.