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You Can Be an Ocean Warrior!

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Enjoy getting outside in nature? Do you want to make a difference and help the ocean and marine wildlife? We talk with Dana Roeber Murray, Senior Coastal Policy Manager and Marine Scientist for Heal the Bay, who tells us about

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Big Blue LIVE

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The magnificent marine life of Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary — gigantic whales, leaping dolphins, soaring seabirds, lively sea lions and playful sea otters — will be the stars of Big Blue LIVE, presented this month by BBC and PBS.

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Sea Star Wasting Syndrome UPDATE!

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We have the newest information! Why are sea stars growing sores, losing their arms, and dying within a few days? Over the last couple of years, sea stars along much of the Pacific coast of North America have been experiencing

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Two California National Marine Sanctuaries Doubled in Size!

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NOAA recently announced an exciting milestone: Cordell Bank and Gulf of the Farallones national marine sanctuaries have been expanded to protect more of what is called the “Blue Serengeti” off the California Coast. The sanctuaries are destination feeding areas for

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Sea Star Wasting Syndrome

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Why are sea stars growing sores, losing their arms, and dying within a few days? Sea stars along much of the Pacific coast of North America are experiencing a mass mortality event called sea star wasting syndrome. We talk to

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Ocean Protection Through Action

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What does a seafloor map look like, and who uses one? How does California use Marine Protected Areas as underwater laboratories? In this Thank You Ocean Report, we continue our conversation with Cat Kuhlman, the California Ocean Protection Council’s Executive

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Protecting California's Ocean

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The California coast is breathtakingly beautiful and also plays a vital part in our economy. With almost 70% of California’s citizens living in coastal communities, the Ocean Protection Council (OPC) helps to ensure that California maintains healthy, resilient, and productive

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Central California Marine Protected Areas "On Track" To Help Ocean

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The first major study of California’s marine protected areas shows they are on track to help to improve ocean health. Scientists, fishermen, resource managers and environmentalists gathered recently to share results from the first five years of monitoring in the

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Enforcement of Marine Protected Areas

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A network of marine protected areas (MPAs) are in the process of being established along California’s 1,100 mile coastline. One of the critical aspects of managing these MPAs is enforcement. On this podcast, we talk with California Department of Fish

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Managing California’s Network of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs)

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The Marine Life Protection Act (MLPA) directs the state to re-evaluate and re-design California’s network of marine protected areas (MPAs). Becky Ota, Habitat Conservation Program Manager of California’s Department of Fish and Game (Marine Region), discusses how adaptive, long-term management

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Marine Protected Areas

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The creation of a network of Marine Protected Areas along the coast of California is in progress. Melissa Miller-Hensen, Program Manager for the California Marine Life Protection Act Initiative, explains what’s involved in designing MPAs and gives a status report

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