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Morro Bay SMRMA Periscope Expeditions

July 26 2017

The San Luis Obispo Marine Protected Area Collaborative is excited to be partnering with California State Parks to provide Periscopes to the global Twitter community by kayak and from docks in Morro Bay showcasing the habitats of the bay and the amazing nursery that makes the MPA so valuable.

July 26 2017


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Preparation Stage

California State Parks working with partners and the Marine Protected Area Network featured engaging and energetic #Floatscopes down the coast for World Oceans Day by kayak, paddle board, and boat. How extra amazing and engaging would it have been to incorporate a Trident's eye perspective? Looking forward to engaging the world with the underwater world of California's Marine Protected Areas. Enjoy the video and the excitement of sharing the wonders of the MPAs with a worldwide audience,

Expedition Background

San Luis Obispo Coast District - CA State Parks @SLOCoastSP has featured 18 recent Periscope broadcasts in the last three months and currently has 425 Followers. The last on the water broadcast in Morro Bay SMRMA by kayak was featured by Twitter and had over 37,000 viewers. The broadcasts cover the values of the MPAs and promote community engagement. Broadcasts on black oystercatchers, seabirds, sea otters, tidepools and more have highlighted the value of MPAs, how to respectfully observe wildlife and recreate in MPAs, and simple actions you can take anywhere in the world to protect the ocean. Experts on seabirds, sea otters, underwater sanctuaries have been interviewed. Recently 9 different MPAs contributed to a Floatscope @CaliforniaStateParks that followed the stories of the MPAs from Del Norte Coast all the way down to San Diego stopping in each region to visit the MPA and learn about the value during WorldOceansDay, #floatscope. The social media team has a strong desire to show more than just the surface of the amazing MPAs, using a Trident will give access to the true stars of the underwater realm and allow us to feature the amazing partners such as the Morro Bay National Estuary Program, Central Coast Aquarium, SLO CoastKeeper, and many more that take an active part in the monitoring, restoration, education, and outreach of the SLO County MPAs.

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This is really exciting Cara! I'm excited to follow along. Can you post a link to previous videos? Would love to see them.