Are marine reserves in Southern California working? Updates on MPA research
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Are marine reserves in Southern California working? Updates on MPA research

Along Southern California and around the Channel Islands, some 50 marine protected areas have been established, encompassing about 350 square miles of state waters. Most of these marine protected areas (MPAs) – 37 of them to be exact – were established under the state’s Marine Life Protection Act and went into effect on Jan. 1, 2012. … Continue reading »

CA Sea Grant Welcomes New Communications Specialist
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CA Sea Grant Welcomes New Communications Specialist

The California Sea Grant team at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography grew in July. Caitlin Coomber joined us as the new communications specialist. I spoke to Caitlin about her thoughts on her new role. Tell me a little about your background and what you were doing before Sea Grant. Prior to joining the California Sea Grant team, I served … Continue reading »

Amber Mace appointed to National Sea Grant Advisory Board
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Amber Mace appointed to National Sea Grant Advisory Board

Amber Mace, California Sea Grant alumna extraordinaire, is one of four new appointees to the 15-member National Sea Grant Advisory Board, which advises NOAA leadership on policies in marine science administration. Mace is currently associate director of UC Davis Policy Institute for Energy, Environment and the Economy and prior to this was executive director of the California … Continue reading »

Citizen scientist seeks shark biologist for joint project
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Citizen scientist seeks shark biologist for joint project

Sevengill shark sightings are on the rise off San Diego, and citizen-science divers who have been logging their close encounters are now looking for a biologist to help explain why the sharks have  become more common off the coast since 2009. In particular, they hope to find a scientist who will be able to help … Continue reading »

Four Apps for Ocean Lovers
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Four Apps for Ocean Lovers

In celebration of Earth Day, we have compiled this list of smart phone apps for everyone who loves the ocean and wants to protect it. Seafood Watch: This app is produced by Monterey Bay Aquarium and is great for both seafood lovers and the fish they eat. The app tells you which fish choices may … Continue reading »

Ecologist Mark Carr to give Ricketts Memorial Lecture at sanctuary symposium
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Ecologist Mark Carr to give Ricketts Memorial Lecture at sanctuary symposium

Mark Carr, professor of ecology at UC Santa Cruz, will give the Ricketts Memorial Lecture at the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary’s annual symposium, Sanctuary Currents 2013. Carr’s talk, “What would Ed do? Innovations in science and management of kelp forest ecosystems in the 21st century,” will take place on Saturday, April 27, at 2:15 p.m. in … Continue reading »

Acidic waters may take a toll on marine plants
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Acidic waters may take a toll on marine plants

LA JOLLA – Warmer, acidic waters may take a toll on California’s coral-like algae, making it harder for young abalone to “settle down.” Jennifer Smith and her graduate students have, in laboratory experiments, observed slower growth rates among hard, crusty “calcifying” algae exposed to warmer, more acidic conditions. They have also observed faster growth in … Continue reading »