Assessing Change, Determining Effectiveness,
Guiding Long-Term Management of the Sanctuary’s Natural
broad goals of monitoring are to establish baseline data, record
changes in resources and evaluate effectiveness of the Marine
Protected Areas Network. Information gathered from monitoring
activities helps determine the effects the MPAs are having on
the ecological relationships, biological communities and habitats
within the MPA Network and the sanctuary.
State MPA Research and Monitoring
The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) leads statewide efforts to implement, monitor, and manage California's statewide coastal network of MPAs, pursuant to the Marine Life Protection Act (MLPA), Marine Managed Areas Improvement Act, and other relevant California legislation such as the Marine Life Management Act and California Ocean Protection Act, and as directed by a master plan for MPAs. CDFW staff work with key partners, such as the MPA Monitoring Enterprise (a program of the California Ocean Science Trust), California Ocean Protection Council, and California Sea Grant to provide oversight on all aspects of MPA research, monitoring, evaluation, and reporting to inform adaptive management. For more information: https://www.wildlife.ca.gov/Conservation/Marine/MPAs/Research-And-Monitoring
MPA Network Effectiveness the First Five Years (2003 to 2008)
The Sanctuary, California Department of Fish and Wildlife,
Channel Islands National Park and the Partnership for Interdisciplinary
Studies of Coastal Oceans (PISCO) at the University of California,
Santa Barbara sponsored a public symposium on the first five years
of monitoring, enforcement and education programs for the Channel
Islands Marine Protected Area Network.
For the report click
Deepwater Biological Monitoring:
To protect deep water habitats and ecological communities
the State MPAs were extended by NOAA in 2006 and 2007, respectively.
To better understand these areas requires special equipment, expertise,
complicated logistics, and funding. NOAA hosted a workshop in
2005 to develop a framework for a deepwater monitoring plan.
For the workshop report click
Partners in Monitoring:
– Partnership for Interdisciplinary Studies of Coasts and
Ocean Science Trust MPA Monitoring Enterprise
Channel Islands National Park – Kelp Forest Monitoring Program
Marine Applied Research & Exploration