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DO YOU LIKE SCIENCE AND LONG WALKS ON THE BEACH? Then join our citizen-science based program, MPA ...

Summer MPA Watch Training

July 27th, 2016

Location: 1444 9th Street Santa Monica CA 90401
Duration: Single Day
Date: Jul 27, 2016


Then join our citizen-science based program, MPA Watch!

Volunteers will be trained on how to collect data while walking along the most beautiful beaches of Malibu and Palos Verdes. Monitoring done by MPA Watchees helps encourage enforcement and regulation around marine protected areas (MPAs), also known as “underwater yosemites.” Become a volunteer by attending the 2-part training program, which includes one classroom training and one field training session. All training materials will be provided

Note: Attendance at both sessions is mandatory

Wednesday, July 27th, 2016 – Classroom Training

Heal the Bay Main Office (snacks provided)

6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Saturday, July 30th, 2016 – Field Training

TBD – Palos Verdes or Malibu

10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Classroom training on July 27th must be completed

Volunteer Requirements

Volunteers must be at least 15 years old, or with a parent/guardian

Comfortable hiking outdoors for 1-2 hours

No previous experience required, but a willingness to learn is advisable; volunteers will be trained and asked to use basic field technology (binoculars, compass, digital cameras) and data sheets

All volunteers must give at least a 6 month commitment, with 4 surveys a month in the field

Volunteers must attend mandatory trainings (one classroom and one in the field)

Once trained, volunteer monitoring times are flexible

What is MPA Watch?

California’s coasts and ocean are public resources that support a variety of human uses.

As a valuable tool for ecosystem protection, Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) help replenish marine life populations. In December 2010, a set of MPAs were approved in Southern California, which took effect on January 1, 2012.

MPA Watch volunteers will be trained to monitor coastal and marine resource use. Data collected by our volunteers will provide important information to understand how people are using these new MPAs, and to help inform MPA management. Volunteers will conduct human activity monitoring at various locations as they walk along the beach. 

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Time Details

6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Tags: environment

Contact Person: Lilian Ledesma

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Organization: Heal the Bay

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