The turn of the year marked both the anniversary of the North Coast’s marine protected areas and the California network as a whole, and we celebrate the NEC’s first year of post-implementation outreach and education.
We continue to work with ocean researchers, state agency staff, tribal representatives, commercial and recreational fishermen, elected officials and fellow conservationists. These relationships were newly formalized in December when the Ocean Protection Council formally adopted the California Collaborative Approach: Marine Protected Area Partnership Plan. Based on the Collaborative Implementation Project’s success in counties and regions up and down the California coast, the partnership plan affirms the benefits of an organized approach and pooling of local knowledge to best inform the public about MPAs. Plans for the next two years include implementing outreach and education projects, improving communications, finding new sources of funding, sharing local research projects and results, and hosting MPA trainings for local law enforcement officers.
Building Future Conservationists
Our Coastal Education Specialist Justin Zakoren recently finished his master’s program at HSU—congratulations, Justin!—and is hard at work on his thesis project fieldwork, which ties in nicely with his job going into classrooms and teaching children about ocean trash and how watersheds work. Justin is looking forward to visiting more schools and organizations throughout Humboldt County, further developing our curriculum and generally making the world a better place.
What's Going On?
Each week brings ways to keep up on ocean happenings. Tune into Coastal Currents on KHUM 104.7 FM each Wednesday at noon. (Listen online at www.khum.com.) Read “Your Week in Ocean” on the Lost Coast Outpost. Monthly updates can be heard the fourth Thursday of each month on The EcoNews Report at 1 p.m. on KHSU (archives here).