Videos From Our Partners

MPA PORTS (Parks Online Resources for Teachers and Students) Video

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife and California State Parks have teamed up to teach California students about the state’s network of marine protected areas (MPAs) through California State Park’s PORTS (Parks Online Resources for Teachers and Students) program. Using live video-conferencing and on-line interactive lessons, thousands of students are now learning about California’s MPAs.The lessons showcase the important role that individual MPAs, and the MPA network as a whole, play in safeguarding California’s marine resources. PORTS is a free distance learning program that helps schools meet academic content standards in the context of California State Parks. Watch this 5-minute video introduction to the MPA PORTS program.

Exploring California’s Marine Protected Areas: Anacapa Island State Marine Reserve – Produced by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife

Off the coast of the densely populated Los Angeles metropolitan area resides one of California’s great wildlife treasures: the Northern Channel Islands. Often considered the “Galapagos of North America” this small archipelago hosts one of the most diverse ecosystems in the world. One of the islands, Anacapa, lies twelve miles southwest of Port Hueneme, and hosts one of the 50 Southern California MPAs: Anacapa Island State Marine Reserve (SMR). For more information, please visit:

San Diego County Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) – Produced Chris Boyd

This video highlights the work of WILDCOAST and partner organizations in establishing and conserving San Diego County’s 11 Marine Protected Areas (MPAs). MPAs are dedicated to the protection of marine habitat and wildlife. MPAs have been established so that ocean ecosystems may recover and future generations can enjoy marine life for years to come. For more information, visit

Of the Sea: A film about California Fishermen – Produced by Mischa Hedges and Melissa Stevens and shot by Justin Lewis and Sashwa Burrows

This trailer for a new documentary called “Of the Sea” explores the fishing industry’s decline and demystifies the hard work of California’s fishermen who face complex regulations and must compete with cheaper farmed and imported seafood. Struggling to revive a fading way of life, fishermen and entrepreneurs are creating new models for how to support sustainably produced seafood. OF THE SEA tells the story of California fishing communities and presents a compelling story of the future of sustainable seafood. To find out more and learn when the full length movie is available, please visit:

Global Ocean Refuge System – Produced by the Marine Conservation Institute

The Global Ocean Refuge System, or GLORES, is a science-based initiative designed to protect at least 20% of the biogeographic regions in the world’s oceans. Blue Chalk Media and See Why Projects paired up with the Marine Conservation Institute to create a film about their latest conservation initiative. With donations from some of the most talented conservation photographers and cinematographers, the film sheds light on the critical state of our oceans and how GLORES is a vital step to conserving our planet’s vanishing ocean life and habitats.

Managing California’s Network of Marine Protected Areas – Podcast by Thank You Ocean »

This Thank You Ocean Report features Becky Ota, Habitat Conservation Program Manager of California’s Department of Fish and Wildlife (Marine Region), who discusses how adaptive, long-term management through education and outreach, monitoring, and enforcement will be critical to meet the goals of the Marine Life Protection Act.

Enforcement of Marine Protected Areas – Podcast from Thank You Ocean

One of the critical aspects of managing MPAs is enforcement. On this podcast, we talk with California Department of Fish and Wildlife Assistant Chief Tony Warrington about some of the issues surrounding enforcement of MPAs.

South Coast Marine Protected Areas: Humans and Nature Together

California’s South Coast is intensively urbanized and population is growing. Will our activities crowd out marine life or can both nature and human activities be accommodated and thrive?

A Two Minute Introduction to MPAs

More than 20 million people live in close proximity to the Pacific Ocean and rely on the ocean for jobs, food, recreation, and inspiration. Through a collaborative process, MPAs have been put in place to protect these special ocean places for present and future generations.

The Southern Passage–Why Californians Need Marine Protected Areas

This is a short documentary about the California Marine Life Protection Act that features the benefits and challenges of creating a network of MPAs. The film speaks to the importance of setting aside these areas to protect and sustain our ocean heritage for future generations to enjoy.

Marine Protected Areas: Special Ocean Places Deserve Special Protection (Part 1 of 2)

This film presents an opportunity to experience Southern California’s underwater beauty and to learn why MPAs are needed.

Marine Protected Areas: Special Ocean Places Deserve Special Protection (Part 2 of 2)

The second video in a series of two that showcases the wildlife in south coast MPAs and why MPAs help wildlife survive and thrive.

A Place of Their Own: Protecting Sea Life in California – Perspectives on Ocean Science »

Join Scripps Institute of Oceanography marine ecologist, Edward Parnell, as he describes the science behind Marine Protected Areas, how they are established and preliminary results from the first such areas around California’s Channel Islands.

The Tiny Fish PSA »

A short, humorous Public Service Announcement about shifting baselines of fish and how MPAs may be a resource to help confront the various threats the ocean faces on a daily basis.

One Breath: A Monterey Bay Experience

Video by Bob Talbot for NOAAs Office of National Marine Sanctuaries.

Marine Protected Areas – Restoring the Beauty, Bounty and Diversity of our Natural Undersea World

This educational short film highlights reasons why marine protected areas are important and ways to help the ocean

How do you MPA?

This short video from the Ocean Conservancy encourages you to get out and explore California’s MPAs!.

Stewards of the Wild Sea

This inspiring, six-minute piece shows how California’s north coast marine protected areas honor both ocean wilderness and indigenous rights.

Fitzgerald Marine Reserve

This video provides an educational overview of Fitzgerald Marine Reserve designed to give schools, organizations and the public a pre-tour idea of what to expect from a visit to this unique San Mateo County Park and California State Marine Protected Area.

Sonoma Marine Protected Area Collaborative PSA

Sonoma Marine Protected Area Collaborative Public Service Announcement

Exploring the Tide Pools on the Sonoma Coast

Join Stewards of the Coast and Redwoods’ programs manager Jazzy Dingler as she guides students on a tide pool excursion on the Sonoma Coast. She talks about what you might see in the Sonoma Coast tide pools, etiquette in this fragile ecosystem, and how to be safe at beaches on the dangerous Sonoma Coast.

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Fishing in Marine Protected Areas off the Sonoma Coast

Join commercial fisherman Dick Ogg from Bodega Bay as he shows first hand and talks about how the fishing community is adjusting to the new Marine Protected Areas. Enjoy beautiful footage of crabbing off the Sonoma Coast.

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Kashia Pomo Tribal Traditions in the MPA

Helping our constituency understand how the Kashia Band of Pomo Indians are uniquely positioned through their long history, and traditional practices and values, to be an important partner in the recovery of our coastal resources.

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The Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary’s Multicultural Education for Resource Issues Threatening Oceans (MERITO) program, in collaboration with three Central California Coast elementary schools and the Monterey Institute of International Studies’ Teaching and Learning Collaborative group, offered a digital storytelling and ocean conservation training for middle school students in historically under served communities. This project was part of a larger initiative within the MERITO program, called Multicultural Voices for Ocean Literacy project, which seeks to engage culturally diverse youth in guiding their own learning of ocean science and ocean conservation, through the crafting of digital narratives, in their own personal voice, and speaking from their unique cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds. Students were encouraged to create digital stories based on their own first-hand experience and interpretation of important Marine Protected Areas around Monterey Bay.

Crash at Moss Landing

This short children’s film examines how a fictional oil spill at Moss Landing could threaten the diversity of life in the mudflats of Elkhorn Slough.

Hope for Blue Fin Tuna

In this short film students research blue fin tuna to find out more about them and discover ways they can help this endangered species in their everyday lives.

Poisoned Fish

Through research on a poisoned fish, students in this film discuss how the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico affects them even though they are so far away.

The Oil Spill

This short children’s film examines how the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico can affect us and they experiment to see how oil affects sea animals.

Trip to Elkhorn Slough

In this short children’s film, students take a field trip to the Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve to learn all about plankton.

Pancho Travels the Ocean

This short children’s film follows Pancho, a sea turtle, who travels the ocean to warn other sea turtles about the dangers of marine pollution.

Helping the Ocean

This short children’s film highlights the importance of protecting our ocean from marine pollution.


Based on the California Coastal Commission’s Coastal Cleanup Day posters, this short children’s film highlights the devastating effects pollution can have on the marine environment.

An Important Change

This short children’s film highlights how a community can come together to help clean up our coasts of marine pollution.

CMSF YouTube Channel

A YouTube channel for the California Marine Sanctuary Foundation has been created. Check here for new video products and sign up to receive alerts for new media materials. MBNMSF YouTube Channel

The mission of the California’s Marine Protected Areas Education and Outreach Initiative is to enhance MPA education through enduring partnerships to empower Californians to protect what they know and love.