LiMPETS Involved in Historic State Effort to Create MPAs
California is currently engaged in a historic effort to establish a system of marine protected areas (MPAs)—similar to national parks and forests on land—to protect and restore our ocean wilderness. Currently, two LiMPETS partners (Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary and the Farallones Marine Sanctuary Association) have been awarded funding to support this effort. Students and LiMPETS staff are collecting new data and analyzing historic data within these new MPAs to document key aspects of these areas as they are established.
Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History: New Home for LiMPETS in Monterey
The LiMPETS network has a new, key partner in the Monterey Bay area. In Spring 2011, the Pacific Grove Museum became the new “home” of LiMPETS along the central California Coast, in regards to day-to-day operations. Ann Wasser, the LiMPETS coordinator at the museum, is busy recruiting and training new teachers and students in the area. Thanks to the museum, our network of informed and engaged student citizen scientists is growing fast.