Bringing endangered abalone back from the brink

White abalone recovery is dependent on captive breeding to restock wild populations, but researchers face the threat of disease outbreaks and changing ocean conditions under climate change.

Extension specialist Kristin Aquilino and researchers at the Bodega Marine Lab are tackling the challenges of breeding the endangered white abalone in captivity.

“This is a really exciting time in the program, because we are outplanting animals once every few months. And as we grow, we hope that soon we might be able to have some self-sustaining populations in the ocean,” says Aquilino. 
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Erin on a boat.

Congratulations, Erin!

Extension specialist and CalCOFI Coordinator Erin Satterthwaite received the 2021 Zhu-Peterson Early Career Scientist Award from the North Pacific Marine Science Organization (PICES). This annual award recognizes one scientist who is performing innovative research at the frontier of science in the North Pacific. 
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Kelp blade.

Monitoring kelp forests

Despite signs of resilience seen in protected kelp forests, it has been difficult to grasp the widespread devastation of kelp deforestation. Marine ecologist Mark Carr and his team at UC Santa Cruz are leading the effort to monitor kelp forests along the coast of California.
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Boats in a harbor.

Fishing communities & coastal management

How does the Marine Protected Area (MPA) network impact fishing communities? This project included virtual focus groups with commercial and charter fisherman to inform how the MPAs affect the economic and social aspects of life for fishing communities along the coast. 
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Prop 68 Miniseries.

Prop 68 Climate Resilience Miniseries

That’s a wrap! OPC California Sea Grant State Fellow Dr. Kat Beheshti recently completed 15 videos highlighting Prop 68 funded-projects. The miniseries is a collection of short videos that highlight the impactful coastal resilience work happening in California. 
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King Tide at high tide.

King Tides are around the corner


Mark your calendars! A king tide event will be observed January 1-3, 2022.

The term king tide is generally used to describe the highest tides of the year. This means very low low-tides, and very high high-tides. These tides help us better plan for sea level rise, help researchers and scientists validate climate models, and spread the word about climate change and sea level rise.

The California King Tides Project is a community science program focused on highlighting this coastal phenomenon. Participate by uploading your photos of the high tides to the California King Tides Project story map.
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Delta social science.

New! Social Science Integration website

Integrating the social sciences into environmental management in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta means a better understanding of the people who live, work, and recreate in and around the estuary. Check out the Delta Stewarship Council's new website, now live!
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Virtual Nat Talk Climate Series: Rising Waters with Laura Engeman
Tuesday, December 14, 2021 6 pm (PST)
Tune in to extension specialist Laura Engeman's virtual climate series talk with the San Diego Natural History Museum. Laura will speak about California's coastal impacts due to climate change and how we can make our coastlines more resilient. Registration required. 

John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship Webinar
January 20, 2022 12-1 pm (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 provide 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 Economies — 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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