MPA Watch Delivers on the Water Outreach & Education
We have been busy during our recent Marine Protected Area (MPA) Watch Boat Trips encountering numerous fishers fishing in MPAs during our trips in August and early September. Our outreach and education efforts allowed us to put MPA maps and MPA guide books into the hands of fishers on the water. In the photo above, we were able to engage with a group of Vietnamese fishers out for their day on the waters just off of the Pt. Dume MPA. We have been able to direct these fishers and others to legal fishing areas and let the CA Department of Fish and Wildlife know where we see most violations occur. During our recent trips we have spotted blue, minke (full breach!) and humpback whales as well as mating and frolicking common dolphins, and an attentive pod of bottle nose dolphins.
Our ongoing MPA Watch boat crew participants include members of our growing corps of individual volunteer regulars as well as other organizations including New Earth, Venice YouthBuild, ECO-Interns, and weekly contributions by Patagonia interns. Thank you all for keeping our boat crewed!
If you’d like to join our MPA Watch Boat Trip crew, contact Michael Quill at firstname.lastname@example.org for registration information.
-Michael Quill, Community Programs Manager