Decadal Management Review: The First Ten Years of California’s Marine Protected Area Network
In 2022, California’s Marine Protected Area (MPA) Network will mark the 10th anniversary of its completion. The California Department of Fish and Wildlife is conducting a Decadal Management Review, which will result in a report reviewing the past ten years of the MPA Management Program, evaluating the performance of the MPA Network towards meeting the goals of the Marine Life Protection Act, and making recommendations for future adaptive management actions. The informational report will be presented at the December 2022 Fish and Game Commission meeting - no formal action is expected to be taken at this December 2022 meeting. In 2023, the California Fish and Game Commission will consider the content, findings, and recommendations in the Decadal Management Review and will determine whether to direct the California Department of Fish and Wildlife and implementation partners to pursue specific actions.
In order to share information and gather input about the Decadal Management Review, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, in collaboration with the Ocean Protection Council, will host public engagement events in 2021 and 2022. The first public engagement events will be a series of virtual Community Meetings, each focused on a specific audience including fishing interests, recreational users, nongovernmental organizations, researchers, MPA practitioners, and other ocean interests. Meetings will be public and will follow the same format and cover the same basic information, with highlights tailored to each particular group’s interests and priorities. The meetings will begin with a brief orientation to California’s MPA Management Program and the 2022 MPA Decadal Management Review, followed by a discussion of perspectives on priorities, definitions of success, and the roles of respective communities in state management of the MPA network. Tribes will also be engaged through separate engagements.
The public is invited to learn about the Marine Protected Area (MPA) Decadal Management Review and share their perspectives regarding the MPA Network in a series of virtual community meetings hosted by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, in partnership with the Ocean Protection Council and the California Fish and Game Commission. Meetings will take place on October 18th and 19th from 5-7 pm and November 3rd and 4th from 1-3 pm.
All meetings will be open to the public. If your interest in the MPA Program does not fall within the identified target audiences, please select the session that best fits your interests.
All meetings will be remote and will follow the same format and cover the same basic information, with highlights tailored to each target audience’s interests and priorities. Each meeting will begin with a brief orientation to California’s MPA Management Program and the 2022 MPA Decadal Management Review, followed by a discussion in breakout rooms. Anyone is welcome to join and participate in the discussions.
Participants will be asked to respond to the following questions:
What are your highest priority topics/issues and sources of information that should be considered in the Decadal Management Review?
How would you define, measure, and/or assess progress toward Marine Life Protection Act goals?
What role would you like your community to play in the MPA Management Program moving forward?
Any other reflections/recommendations regarding MPA management and the role of the public in the MPA Management Program?
The Decadal Management Review Outreach Steering Committee, of which the MPA Collaborative Network is a member, and the state's communication contractor Strategic Earth, have developed a packet of outreach resources to help partners and stakeholders communicate about the Decadal Management Review. View the resources in the Google Drive to learn more about the review and help spread the word by posting on social media, sharing informational flyers with your networks, and using the provided presentation slides in your upcoming meetings.
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