Channel Islands MPAs: MPA Monitoring

The ongoing management of the Channel Islands Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) requires monitoring of biological, social, and economic impacts. In an effort to develop a comprehensive monitoring plan, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, NOAA's Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary, and the Channel Islands National Park hosted a Marine Protected Areas Monitoring Workshop. The workshop was held on March 14-16, 2003 at the Bren School of Environmental Science and Management at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

The primary goal of the workshop was to develop preliminary biological and socioeconomic monitoring plans including: what to monitor; how to conduct monitoring; when to complete various portions; how to compile data into an easily accessible source; what funding and personnel needs exist; and what type of oversight is appropriate. Several small working groups provided input on specific monitoring topics. This input was compiled in the following worksheet summary. The background information provided to participants and meeting agendas are also linked below.