Study measures contaminant levels in feral San Diego Bay oysters

Pacific oysters are colonizing the San Diego Bay coastline, and new research shows that they may not always be safe to eat.

Extension specialist Theresa Talley and her team set out to understand where Pacific oysters were colonizing and the types of contaminants they carried across seasons. Concentration levels for 165 compounds were measured, and oysters at every site surveyed showed a wide range of contaminants.

The health effects of many of the emerging contaminants are only starting to be realized, leaving us a ways off from having consumption guidelines for these compounds.
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Researchers taking samples at a creek.

Newly funded aquaculture and graduate research

Over $1.5 million in federal funding will support 14 aquaculture and graduate research projects. The projects will yield measurable impacts to the local economy, community, and environment. 
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Research to focus on ocean acidification and hypoxia

California Sea Grant and the California Ocean Protection Council have selected three projects to receive funding to improve understanding of ocean acidification and hypoxia in California’s coastal ocean. 
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Kelp forest.

Kelp forests: an ecological safe haven

With the increasing pressures of climate change, researchers are looking into whether kelp forests can act as "climate refugia"—places where animals and plants can escape damaging impacts.
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Novel ultrasound technique harbors hope for a species

California Sea Grant extension specialist Kristin Aquilino's research was recently featured in the New York Times. A new ultrasound tool brings hope to raise the prospects of captive breeding efforts and restore endangered abalone in the wild.
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The many hands of California's marine debris community

California Sea Grant marine debris extension fellow Tanya Torres' new blog for the NOAA Marine Debris Program tells how organizations and individuals are helping to make California a national leader on addressing and preventing marine debris.
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Bioluminescent tides

Phytoplankton blooms are back off the coast of San Diego!

Red tides can last anywhere from days to months. The length of time that a plankton bloom continues depends on many things, such as available nutrients and sunlight, water temperature, changes in wind or surf conditions, competition with other species, and grazing by zooplankton and small fish. Photo credit: Erik Jepsen, UC San Diego 
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Tsunami Preparedness Week
March 21-25

Everyone, everywhere should know how to be prepared for tsunamis and what to do to be safe. This is true for people who live or work near the ocean, but also for anyone who may visit someday.

Visit the TsunamiZone website for suggestions, resources, and to learn how to be safe!

Funding and fellowship opportunities

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.

Outside Opportunity
Ocean Protection Council Summer Internship — The purpose of the Summer Internship Program is to provide undergraduate college students with an opportunity to gain hands-on-experience with a small State agency focused on protecting and enhancing the state’s coastal and ocean ecosystems and ensuring easy, affordable access to and along the coast for all Californians. Application Deadline: March 17, 2022.
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