Culturing "Bonsai" bull kelp for restoration

Overcoming the challenges of kelp restoration has led to novel solutions. Scientists recently developed perennial “Bonsai” bull kelp that may be more successful when out planted and provides reproductive material year-round. This California Sea Grant-funded research highlights the benefits of academic-industry research collaborations, and opens big doors for kelp restoration.

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Assessing coastal hazard mitigation

San Francisco Bay, a densely populated region that is expected to account for nearly two-thirds of flooding impacts in the state, is facing growing threats of rising sea levels and coastal flooding due to climate change. Learn more about the latest research being used to inform management in this project update. 
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Red and purple urchins.

A new perspective in urchin-kelp dynamics

How can intertidal urchins coexist with fleshy algae, and how do subtidal "zombie" urchins persist in kelp barrens? Answering these questions are essential for kelp forest restoration efforts in Monterey, CA.
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Coastal Dune Science Network workshop report available now

The Coastal Dunes for Resilience Workshop provided an opportunity for ideas and strategies to be shared amongst practitioners working in the coastal resilience space. A synthesis of the workshop is available now.
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White abalone up close.

Holding fast for abalone

Extension specialist Kristin Aquilino's team at UC Davis Bodega Marine Laboratory was recently featured in Bay Nature Magazine. The article covers their abalone breeding efforts and the cultural and ecological importance of white abalone. 
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National Sea Grant College Program seeks input on the 2024-2027 strategic plan

The National Sea Grant College Program is currently developing the strategic plan for 2024-27. In order to inform the plan, Sea Grant is hosting a series of listening sessions, many of which will focus on a different goal from the current strategic plan. There will also be several listening sessions to hear input on the plan overall. A virtual comment card is also available to share your ideas.
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NOAA coastal management photo contest
Contest closes May 6

NOAA has announced the sixth annual coastal management photo contest. From beautiful beaches to busy coastal towns, coastal management keeps our coasts thriving. For the sixth edition of the photo contest, they want to see how you show your love for the coast. 

Submit photos by May 6, 2022. Winners will be chosen by a panel of judges and will be featured in our social media campaign during the month of May. More rules and details at the link below. 
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Upcoming event 

Fort Bragg Blue Economy Symposium & Learning Festival — May 19 to 22, 2022 in Fort Bragg, CA. The symposium is intended to highlight current efforts underway to: support sustainable fishing economies; expand community of aquaculture practices in California; and introduce concept design to establish municipal ocean water infrastructure for aquariums, research, and aquaculture.  

Don't miss extension team members Luke Gardner, Kevin Johnson, Carolyn Culver, Gina Contolini, and Kristin Aquilino as they participate in facilitated discussions. 


Science Writer (Contract) — Successful candidates are experienced writers, proofreaders, and editors. Responsibilities include interviewing researchers and members of the California Sea Grant community, writing and/or editing feature stories, press releases, and marketing pieces, and contributing to outbound communications such as newsletters and social media. Application Deadline: April 14, 2022

Russian River Salmon and Steelhead Monitoring Program Field Internships — Located in Windsor, Sonoma County, the program monitors native, endangered salmon and threatened steelhead populations to support recovery efforts throughout the watershed. The intern will assist California Sea Grant biologists with scientific data collection for fish and environmental monitoring efforts. Application Deadline: April 17, 2022.
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