Looking for an excuse to spend time on the coast this summer? The Otter Project & Monterey Coastkeeper are recruiting volunteers for MPA Watch!
MPA Watch is a new program coordinated by The Otter Project and Monterey Coastkeeper and is currently in its pilot phase. The program trains citizen volunteers to monitor resource use such as boating and fishing within our local network of marine protected areas. Volunteers are assigned specific monitoring locations and asked to record activities they see taking place a few hours each week. This is a great way to get out and enjoy our gorgeous California coast, while helping to preserve it all at the same time! Data will allow a preliminary look into the use of MPAs and help stakeholders tailor enforcement and outreach efforts.
Our first wave of volunteers has been helping us refine our monitoring protocol and tailor the program. They have gotten to go to beautiful places, see some unusual coastal activities, and even help us test an aerial survey!
We are holding our next training on June 5th, 9am – 12pm. Training will take place at the First National Bank community Room, 615 Abrego St., Monterey, CA 93940. RSVPs to Amanda Grant at Amanda@otterproject.org or 831-646-8837 ext 116. You can also RSVP on Facebook. Hope to see you there!