Giving ‘citizen scientists’ a stake in ocean management
Citizen Science / Class of 2014 / Fellowships / Public Education

Giving ‘citizen scientists’ a stake in ocean management

“Through my fellowship, I had the opportunity to participate in a great example of California’s support for citizen science – Reef Check California – that showed me how it is possible to give ocean-minded citizens a stake in how we manage our ocean.” – Liz Parissenti, CA Sea Grant State Fellow Continue reading

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California Sea Grant launches sandy beach ecosystem microsite for land use planners, managers and beachgoers
Extension / Public Education / Sea Grant News

California Sea Grant launches sandy beach ecosystem microsite for land use planners, managers and beachgoers

California Sea Grant unveiled a new microsite for land use planners, beach managers, and anyone who enjoys the beach. Available on the California Sea Grant Extension website, the pages have been designed as a resource for coastal decision makers and other ocean lovers to learn about sandy beach ecosystems. The website address is http://bit.ly/explorebeachecosystems In … Continue reading

New projects to “take snapshot” of North Coast’s MPAs
Citizen Science / Public Education / Research / Sea Grant News

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

Porpoises and dolphins in San Francisco Bay, oh my!
Public Education

Porpoises and dolphins in San Francisco Bay, oh my!

To the delight of animal lovers and cetacean researchers, harbor porpoises and bottlenose dolphins have found new habitats in San Francisco Bay and are now regularly seen foraging for fish and body-surfing in boat wakes under the Golden Gate Bridge. Harbor porpoises, among the smallest of the world’s six porpoise species, first re-appeared in 2008, after … Continue reading

Second “sea serpent” carcass was female with cookiecutter shark bites
Public Education / Sea Grant News

Second “sea serpent” carcass was female with cookiecutter shark bites

Two giant, sea serpent-like oarfish have been found dead in Southern California in the last week, and now the question is why? Searching for clues about the rare find, NOAA Southwest Fisheries Science Center scientists on Monday performed a necropsy on the 14-foot specimen that washed up in northern San Diego County on Friday. The … Continue reading