Fishermen recover lost crabbing gear
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Fishermen recover lost crabbing gear

Researchers Kirsten Gilardi and Jennifer Renzullo of the UC Davis Wildlife Health Center are working to recover lost crab gear from Morro Bay to Crescent City. With the support of a Collaborative Fisheries Research West grant, the researchers recruited for and developed a community-based, fishermen-led gear removal program. Continue reading

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New projects to “take snapshot” of North Coast’s MPAs
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New projects to “take snapshot” of North Coast’s MPAs

The California Ocean Science Trust today will announce the selection of an initial set of research projects that will begin the $4-million North Coast Marine Protected Area Baseline Program. The science grants will support the collection of ecological and socioeconomic information on beaches, reefs and other nearshore ecosystems along the state’s North Coast, which stretches … Continue reading

Engaging ocean-goers in harmful algal bloom monitoring
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Engaging ocean-goers in harmful algal bloom monitoring

Patterns of harmful algal bloom formation are changing off California. Harmful algal blooms (population explosions of toxin-producing algae) are no longer just coastal phenomena. In the last decade, “HABs” appear to have become more frequent, widespread and persistent in offshore waters, particularly in the Santa Barbara Channel. To learn more about the distributions of these … Continue reading

Fishermen now the “right hand” of marine research
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Fishermen now the “right hand” of marine research

Bycatch reduction, gear recovery and direct-seafood marketing are among the topics currently addressed through collaborative research with commercial and recreational fishermen. Other projects examine rockfish populations within the Rockfish Conservation Areas; yellowtail movement patterns in Southern California, and spawning populations of night smelt along the North Coast. All of the projects are unique in that … Continue reading

New study to track San Diego’s top trophy fish
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New study to track San Diego’s top trophy fish

LA JOLLA – Professor Stuart Sandin and graduate student Noah Ben-Aderet, both with Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego have been awarded a $25,000 grant from Collaborative Fisheries Research West to study one of the most popular trophy fish off San Diego – California yellowtail. The researchers will be tagging and tracking the … Continue reading

Sea Grant studying krill die-off
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Sea Grant studying krill die-off

Millions of  krill—tiny shrimp-like animals that are food for salmon, whales and other large marine species—have been washing up on beaches from Bodega Bay, Calif. to Newport, Ore. in recent weeks. Joe Tyburczy, a California Sea Grant Coastal Specialist in Eureka, is trying to figure out why, with colleagues from NOAA, Humboldt State University and Oregon … Continue reading