Operating Policy for Educators Outside the Service Area of a National Marine Sanctuary Field Office

There are formal and informal educators who live outside the service area of a national marine sanctuary or partner office that have expressed interest in participating in the LiMPETS network. If you are an educator and fall within this category, some guidelines for your involvement in the LiMPETS network are listed below:

  1. Participate in a LiMPETS Teacher Workshop
  2. Fund a LiMPETS coordinator to: set up monitoring site; conduct classroom visit(s); and/or assist with field monitoring.
  3. Check in with your LiMPETS contact quarterly.
  4. You are required to document and report how you are using LiMPETS educational resources by providing your LiMPETS contact with an annual report including: a list of schools and community groups you worked with along with numbers of teachers, students, and community groups.
  5. If no LiMPETS coordinator will be monitoring with you in the field, you will be required to obtain your own permit for the monitoring site. Note that the complexity of obtaining a California Department of Fish and Wildlife permit can be challenging, so it is best if you can work with a LiMPETS coordinator.
  6. If there is no LiMPETS coordinator with your monitoring group in the field, your group will receive a quality assurance score of zero. Your data can be added to the LiMPETS database, but it will not be used to make any resource protection or management decisions by any data clients.
  7. You can only call your monitoring program LiMPETS if you are actually a trained LiMPETS teacher, are following the official LiMPETS protocols, and complying with the above guidelines.