What we hope to accomplish with ‘MPA Watch’
The main purpose of Baykeeper’s volunteer powered MPA Watch program is to gather data on the trends of boating and fishing in and around Los Angeles County MPAs. Information will help DFG staff and future scientific studies on MPAs. Data collected includes boat position, type, fishing disposition, and photos. Outreach will also be conducted to boats observed fishing inside the MPA via direct outreach or radio. The primary outreach targets are fishermen, boaters and other fellow watermen who are simply unaware that the reserve is now in effect, and inform them about the new boundaries and regulations. Santa Monica Baykeeper will observe all safety precautions when observing other vessels.