MEDIA ADVISORY: 'Marine Protected Areas: Scientific Realities and Public Perceptions'...Informational briefing for reporters scheduled for Tuesday, November 19



The latest science relating to marine protected areas (MPAs) will be discussed by leading experts in the field. The purpose is to provide reporters with the background information they need to accurately cover the ongoing issues around the role of MPAs (including marine reserves) in the management of fisheries and other marine resources. Topics will include an overview of recent policy developments relating to MPAs on the West Coast; current scientific understanding of the effects of MPAs; the science of designing marine reserves; and public perceptions and knowledge of ocean protection issues and MPAs as reflected in national and state polls. Presentations will be brief, followed by ample time for questions.


Tuesday, November 19

9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. (lunch provided)


National Marine Fisheries Service Santa Cruz Laboratory

110 Shaffer Road (next to Long Marine Laboratory on UCSC's Marine Science Campus)


Speakers will include scientists from UC Santa Cruz, Hopkins Marine Station (Stanford University), and the National MPA Science Center in Santa Cruz. A national polling firm, Edge Research, will present polling results.


If you are interested in attending the workshop, please notify Tim Stephens in the UCSC Public Information Office by e-mail ( or telephone (831-459-4352).