It’s been one year since California launched it’s statewide network of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs), and Ocean Conservancy is celebrating the occasion by highlighting all the great opportunities MPAs provide for outdoor fun. Whether you’re in the water or on the coast, the protection MPAs offer can mean cleaner beaches, more wildlife, and expanded recreational and business opportunities. While it was a grueling process to get the network in place, California is a shining example of the power of public participation in government. Let’s celebrate!
Valerie Craig is Senior Director of National Geographic Society’s Ocean Initiative. She was previously a Manager with National Geographic’s Explorer Programs, working primarily on ocean and freshwater issues and overseeing the Lindblad-National Geographic Fund. Prior to joining NGS in May 2011, Valerie led TRAFFIC North America’s marine fisheries trade work, focusing on issues of legality and traceability in the seafood supply chain. Valerie earned a Master’s of Environmental Management from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and has a Bachelor’s in International Relations.