New Study To Look At Impacts Of Climate Change On Santa Barbara County’s Coastal Ecosystem
A federal agency has given a team of researchers more than a quarter of a million dollars to assess the vulnerability of Santa Barbara County’s coastline to climate change, and provide information which can be used to plan for its impacts. More.
Local sea stars suffering from wasting disease spreading along West Coast
Local starfish appearing to be dying of a disease spreading along the West Coast that causes the invertebrates to lose their arms — and in the most advanced cases disintegrate. More.
Fishermen, Researchers Gather String On Dockside Fish Market Idea
University of San Diego and Scripps Institution of Oceanography researchers are conducting a year-long study to gauge local demand for dockside fish markets. More.
Beach filling and grooming to make a beach towel-friendly, so to speak, can be disastrous not only to upper beach animals that carry their young like kangaroos, but to species like grunion that lay their eggs in the sand. More.
(because sometimes gas just happens)
The Rockfish PSA was concocted by the masterminds of California Sea Grant and NOAA’s Southwest Fisheries Science Center. The author gives the video two fins up. More.
UC Davis forms ocean institute, with new undergraduate major
Leveraging its little-known marine lab in Bodega Bay, the University of California, Davis, announced the formation Thursday of a new institute – and an undergraduate major – focusing on marine sciences. More.
Search & Deploy! Building Trust Through Collaborative Marine Research
Rockfishes are among the most numerous species in California’s nearshore environment, economically important for both recreational and commercial fishing. Several of the overfished species, such as canary, cowcod, and yelloweye rockfish, are slow growing, long-lived (some more than 100 years) and don’t reproduce until they are 20-30 years old. These species are vulnerable to overfishing in part because they live in the midst of other abundant and fast-growing species that are targeted by fishermen. More.
Beachcombing: Loss of isopods raises questions about beach health
Sand-burrowing cousins to the roly-poly bugs you played with in the backyard — called isopods —are disappearing from Southern California beaches. More.
Beach ‘roly polies’ vanishing in Southern California, study says
Two tiny crustaceans whose burrows in the sand were once familiar sights to beachgoers are on their way to being extirpated from Southern California, according to a new study. More.
Key species mysteriously dying off Oregon Coast
Something is killing large numbers of a keystone species off the Oregon Coast. Federal researchers say it could spell danger for the region’s other marine life. More.
How One Ecologist Plans to Lure Back Some Native San Diegans
While oysters are the darlings of raw bars everywhere, it’s the humble clam that has wetlands ecologist Theresa Sinicrope Talley smitten. So much so, she’s partnering with Carlsbad Aquafarm and is hoping to bring back three native species that, once plentiful, are now much harder to find in our own local estuaries. More.
On their way: Alan Lovewell works to rebuild fisheries out West
Alan Lovewell grew up in Edgartown with a love for the waters that surround Martha’s Vineyard. Now a young adult, he is fashioning a life built on his affinity for the ocean.
Alan is a co-founder and manager of Local Catch Monterey Bay in California, a community-supported fishery group (CSF) that is modeled on an East coast CSF and community supported agriculture (CSA) groups that have sprung up around the country. The model is based on the sale of shares that provide capital to produce food that is then distributed back to share holders. More.
Spiny Science: A day at sea collecting catch and data in the California spiny lobster fishery
As a native San Diegan and 23-year multispecies commercial fisherman, John Law was a strong candidate for an inaugural fisheries-science program. With this fisherman, the experiment was getting honesty, consistency, keen observational and organizational skills, as well as a lack of fear of scientists, their esoteric jargon, incomplete computer models and obsession with quantifying everything.
Dr. Carolyn Culver, an outreach-oriented researcher at California Sea Grant, is one of the main scientists involved in this sampling-at-sea project that includes the nonprofit Collaborative Fisheries Research West and California’s Ocean Protection Council. More.
San Diego sevengill shark tracking project gets help from California Sea Grant
April 23, 2013
Thanks to Christina Johnson of California Sea Grant, the Sevengill shark tracking project run by American Academy of Underwater Sciences (AAUS) Science Diver Michael Bear, today received a welcome boost from California Sea Grant–not in the form of a grant–which was not applied for, but in the form of a blog entry on CSG’s web page, requesting assistance from local shark biologists in analyzing photographic data using a pattern recognition program algorithmic, similar to that used a few years ago by biologist Brad Norman to analyse spot patterns on Whale Sharks. More.
New Diseases, Toxins Harming Marine Life
Dolphins, other marine mammals weakened by pollution, scientists say.
April 12, 2013
The dead sea otters arrived at Melissa Miller’s Santa Cruz, California, lab with bright-yellow eyes and gums, their livers destroyed.
One by one, Miller, a marine-wildlife veterinarian, eliminated the potential causes of death until “the last thing I was left with seemed so implausible that I thought I was going crazy.” More.
Somali Cooking: For East African Women, moving from Cheetos to Mushmush
March 25, 2013
For many daughters, the kitchen contains their mother’s secrets. In the tumult of pots and pans, the pinches of sugar and salt, reside recipes perfected over time without cookbooks, experience and intuition the only guides.
For East African daughters in City Heights, a neighborhood that is a major West Coast portal for refugees, the opportunity to cook twice a month as a group with their mothers is a chance to steep themselves in Somali, Ethiopian and Eritrean culinary traditions, passed down orally through generations. More.
Researchers look to follow flow of offshore pollutants
January 28, 2013
Plumes of pink dye can occasionally be spotted in San Diego waters.
No, it’s not a spill or an experiment gone horribly wrong.
Rather, it’s how scientists at Scripps Institute of Oceanography recreate how quickly sewage travels along the shore. Since 2004, they’ve periodically launched the non-toxic dye, along with other technology, at locations like south Torrey Pines State Beach and Imperial Beach to better understand water pollution. Read more.
Mussel management: Researchers studying Redear Sunfish for aquatic pest control
January 22, 2013
Research efforts at Partners Point are centering on the Redear Sunfish when it comes to quagga mussel infestation.
Last week, two separate but similar research projects were launched. One led by U.S. Bureau of Reclamation fish biologist Cathy Karp. Read more.
Building Trust and Collecting Data in California’s Marine Protected Areas
While both are deeply invested in the future of the state’s coastal waters, fishermen and ocean scientists haven’t always agreed on the need for or proper location of marine protected areas (MPAs) in California. Yet both agree on the need for MPA monitoring. The California Collaborative Fisheries Research Program has been encouraging that agreement, by combining the expertise of scientists with the experience and skills of the local fishing community to monitor the protected areas. Read more.