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Key findings from the first 5 years of MPA monitoring in the Central Coast

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Published on Mar 5, 2013

"We hope we just don't make success here, but that other people across the nation and the world [will follow suit]," said the Calif Secretary of Natural Resources, John Laird.

Watch highlights from the briefing that was webcast live from the State of the California Central Coast symposium on February 28, 2013. Panelists are, from left to right: Skyli McAfee, Executive Director of California Ocean Science Trust, Liz Whiteman, Director of the MPA Monitoring Enterprise at California Ocean Science Trust, Mark Carr, professor of marine biology at the University of California, Santa Cruz, Michael Sutton, President of the California Fish and Game Commission, and John Laird, California Secretary for Natural Resources. The briefing was moderated by Aimee David, Director of Ocean Conservation Policy at the Monterey Bay Aquarium.




Monitoring results show that the Central Coast MPAs are on track. Key findings include increased relative abundance of some species inside MPAs compared to reference areas. The full report includes ecological and socioeconomic results and is easily accessible on http://www.OceanSpaces.org in an "E-Book" format with interactive graphs, videos and more.

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