Join the MPA Watch Crew!
An MPA is an area of the ocean where consumptive human activities such as fishing are limited or restricted in order to protect or conserve marine life or habitats.In January 2012, two areas along our Los Angeles coastline were designated as Marine Protected Areas (MPAs)– Point Dume and Point Vicente-Abalone Cove. Your can learn more about our Marine Protected Areas program here.
Our MPA Watch volunteer program conducts regular, on the water outreach and education trips to monitor human uses of the the Santa Monica Bay water in and around the restricted fishing areas. Volunteers are trained on-board the Waterkeeper boat to crew our trips, and survey the Point Dume and Point Vicente-Albalone Cove MPAs. Volunteers will also get a chance to connect with other stakeholders of the community that join the excursions while witnessing up close whales, dolphins, sea lions, seals and a variety of birds and other species that depend on and deserve clean water and a sustainable habitat. Professional photographers like Tom Boyd have captured amazing photos of marine life on MPA Watch, so make sure to bring your camera.
Video of dolphin sightings on MPA Watch!
MPA Watch trips run about 4-5 hours long various days of the week and meet in Marina Del Rey. Sign up with our volunteer form below and check out the calendar for upcoming MPA Watch dates.