On October 2, 2021, a major oil spill was detected in Southern California. While the full scope of the spill remains unclear, the release of at least 126,000 gallons of crude oil is one of the largest in recent years in California.

Oil spills in the marine environment have broad-reaching impacts that can last long after the initial spill event. Marine and coastal habitats, natural resources, and the health and economies of coastal communities can all be negatively impacted. 

California Sea Grant is working with national and state partners to assess our role in this disaster. 

Our new Oil Spills in California resources page will continue to be updated with resources, volunteering information, California Sea Grant involvement, and more. 
Learn more about the Knauss Fellowship in this new video from the National Sea Grant Office. 

Knauss Fellowship Opportunity Now Open!

The application period for the 2023 Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship is now open. The fellowship provides a one-year, paid experience for highly qualified early career professionals to work on issues related to coastal, marine and Great Lakes science and policy in offices within the executive or legislative branch of government in Washington, D.C. Application deadline: February 18, 2022.
Learn More & Apply
National Seafood Month.
October is National Seafood Month!
California's seafood and aquaculture industries are an important part of our economy, community, and healthy ecosystems. Learn more about California's seafood below.
Seafood Profiles.

Seafood Profiles

Learn about the science, fisheries, nutrition and culinary uses of California's staple seafood species.


What is aquaculture? Why is it important in California?
Commercial fisheries.

Commercial Fisheries

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State fellow Kat Beheshti.

Reflecting on my fellowship

State fellow Kat Beheshti reflects on her experience with California Sea Grant and the Ocean Protection Council's Climate Change Program during her fellowship. Here, she developed a work plan for state priorities on sea level rise planning.
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Juvenile steelhead.

State Fellow Spotlight

Cristina Graciano shares her experience with California Sea Grant Russian River Salmon & Steelhead Monitoring Program. From conducting mapping surveys to fish rescues, these experiences helped her understand science-based projects.

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What is a drought? Why have droughts occurred in California recently? How do they impact the coastal ecosystems of California? Find the answer to these questions and more in our new drought FAQ page, developed by state fellow Sarah Farnsworth.

Learn more about California's drought

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Sea Grant Opportunities

Communications Program Manager — The Communications Program Manager will lead our small team and be responsible for outbound communications, long and short term strategic planning, as well as program-level reporting. Application Deadline: open until filled.

Field Internship: Russian River Salmon and Steelhead Monitoring Program — Interns assist biologists with scientific data collection for fish and environmental monitoring efforts. Spring field work primarily includes spawner surveys, out-migrant smolt trapping, and operating PIT-tag detection equipment. Application Deadline: November 11, 2021.

Other NOAA Opportunities

Early Stage Propagation Strategies for Aquaculture Species — Funding is available for research projects and programs that will develop and refine early stage propagation strategies (e.g., reproduction, hatchery, and/or nursery strategies) for aquaculture species to supply on-growing operations. Application Deadline: November 16, 2021.

Marine Finfish Aquaculture: Juvenile Production Technologies — Funding is available for research projects and programs that will significantly advance marine finfish juvenile production technologies for aquaculture. Application Deadline: November 9, 2021.
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