In 2012, California’s Marine Life Protection Act created 52 unique protected areas along the Pacific coast where fishing is either prohibited or severely restricted. The Act was a source of disagreement in the Crystal Cove area between environmentalists who supported it and fishermen who felt it threatened their livelihoods by limiting commercial fishing activity. Crystal Cove Alliance (CCA), a non-profit organization whose mission includes conservation in the Crystal Cove State Marine Conservation Area along with the state of California, envisioned a partnership that would further conservation efforts as well as provide fishermen with new opportunities for sustainably keeping boats on the water with non-consumptive educational K-12 field trips. The president of CCA, Harry Helling, a long-time conservationist and marine biologist, developed a cross-sector collaboration program that advances CCA’s conservation and education mission, abides by the new environmental regulations dictated by the state in Crystal Cove State Park, and helps to preserve the financial viability of commercial fishermen. The resulting collaboration is an example of innovative social enterprise, paving the way for the park’s sustainable future and benefiting parties from all sectors.