It was a brisk winter morning aboard the Baykeeper last December for the inaugural MPA Watch voyage. As this first trip precluded the January 1st, 2012 Marine Protected Areas implementation, this was not as much a mission to gather and report data. Rather, this was an opportunity to establish a solid crew of MPA Watch volunteers and train them on the ins and outs of data collection on the sea, vessel recognition, and boundary location. We were also lucky enough to have Tony Barboza of the LA Times on board to experience firsthand the importance of Marine Protected Areas, and the necessity of our program.
MPA Watch, a set on Flickr.