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New Guidance for Kelp Management Efforts in California

California Sea Grant Extension Fellow, Dr. Gina Contolini, is the lead author on the newly released Giant Kelp and Bull Kelp Enhanced Status Report

Northern California’s iconic kelp forests have been in decline for nearly a decade and the state is grappling with a kelp forest crisis. Dr. Gina Contolini worked closely with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife to develop the new Enhanced Status Report that will help inform California's kelp restoration and management efforts.
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Other News 

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Community Science for Marine Protected Areas

Scientists teamed up with recreational fishermen and found that fish are bigger and more abundant inside of marine reserves. Monitoring the vast expanse of undersea landscape isn’t an easy task, so research teams turned to the community for help.
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Clipping the Mermaid’s Locks: Observing Bull Kelp Harvest in Del Norte County

Don't miss Kelp Management Extension Fellow Dr. Gina Contolini's newest story for Marine Management News from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife.
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New Team Members at California Sea Grant

Lian Guo.

Lian Guo

Research Coordinator 

We are pleased to welcome Lian Guo as the newest member of the Science Integration Team. She has experience working in diverse fields, including fisheries, aquaculture, environmental toxicology, socio-ecological systems, and molecular biology. 

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Emily Moskal.

Emily Moskal

UC Santa Cruz Science Communications Intern

Emily is a science communications intern with a background in environmental nonprofit, university, and government writing. Keep an eye out for her work on the California Sea Grant website over the next few months. 

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Russian River Salmon and Steelhead Monitoring Program Yearly Update

For nearly two decades, California Sea Grant’s Russian River Salmon and Steelhead Monitoring Program has monitored endangered and threatened fish populations in order to support species recovery efforts and provide science-based information to all stakeholders.

Despite ongoing pandemic restrictions over the past year, they were able to successfully complete all monitoring activities, restart their internship program, and hire a new program manager. For more detailed information on their efforts, visit their website, and don't miss the annual update PDF linked below. 
Read the 2021 Landowner Update

Don't Miss World Wetlands Day on February 2

Wetlands are critically important ecosystems that contribute to biodiversity, climate mitigation and adaptation, freshwater availability, world economies and more. It is urgent that we raise national and global awareness about wetlands in order to reverse their rapid loss and encourage actions to conserve and restore them.

Learn more on the World Wetlands Day site, and check for events happening near you.

Extension Specialist Laura Engeman's presentation for the San Diego Natural History Museum is now available on YouTube

Whether you love or hate the feeling of sand between your toes, there’s no denying that the ocean and beach define San Diego’s identity. But the iconic coastline is threatened by climate change. To learn more about the changes we can expect and ways we can make our coastline more resilient, listen to this talk by Laura Engeman from the Center for Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation and California Sea Grant at Scripps Institution of Oceanography.

John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship Webinar and and Alumni Panel
January 20, 2022 12-1 p.m. (PST) 
All your questions regarding the John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship, answered. Register now.

Funding and Fellowship Opportunities

NOAA Coastal Management & Digital Coast Fellowships — The NOAA Coastal Management Fellowship provides on-the-job education and training opportunities in coastal resource management and policy for postgraduate students and to support project assistance to state coastal zone management programs. Similarly, the NOAA Digital Coast Fellowship provides additional on-the-job education and training opportunities with a focus on technical assistance to help advance the goals of the Digital Coast and its partner organizations. Application Deadline: January 21, 2022.

2022 NMFS-Sea Grant Fellowship in Population and Ecosystem Dynamics and Marine Resource Economics — The National Sea Grant College Program and the National Marine Fisheries Service award a limited number of fellowships each year to PhD students who are interested in careers related to population and ecosystem dynamics and marine resource economics with applications to living marine resources. Application Deadline: January 27, 2022.

John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship — The application period is currently open for the 2023 John A. Knauss Fellowship. This year-long fellowship matches recent graduate students with federal agencies in the legislative and executive branch of government for hands-on training in science policy and resource management. Application Deadline: February 18, 2022.
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