MPA Outreach and Engagement

photo of a couple in front of signage and a sunset
Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve. Credit: Jane Lazarz

Ongoing, meaningful engagement with those who use and care about the oceans is a critical component of effective MPA management.


Engaging Communities in Marine Protected Areas: Concepts and Strategies from Current Practice (June 2014)
This is a report by Masters students at the University of Michigan's School of Natural Resources and the Environment for the National Marine Protected Areas Center. It synthesizes lessons from MPA managers with engaging local communities in the United States and Canada.

Best Practices for Constituent Communications (June 2014)
Recommendations from Marine Protected Areas Federal Advisory Committee.


Lessons Learned: Community Engagement in MPA Management (April 10, 2014)
Turning Visitors into Partners: Challenges and Successes at Golden Gate National Recreation Area (March 13, 2013)

Thank You Ocean! Building Common Outreach Messages and Strategies through the California Ocean Communicators Alliance (February 14, 2013)

Can You Hear Me Now? Research and Tools on Ocean Communication (December 13, 2012)