Establishing a benchmark of conditions & monitoring for long-term change

In recognition of the value that local expertise and partnerships will bring to MPA monitoring projects, this group serves as a platform for bringing together members of the North Coast community...read more

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by Jessica Williams / California Ocean Science Trust
November 20, 2017

As the North Coast MPA baseline monitoring period is nearing completion, we wanted to extend our thanks to the many individuals and organizations involved in this comprehensive multi-year effort across the North Coast.

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by Cheryl Chen / Ecotrust, Future of Fish
November 13, 2017

The first of its kind in California, we are proud to announce the launch of the California Fisheries Data Explorer.

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by Jessica Williams / California Ocean Science Trust
October 25, 2017
We are thrilled to announce the release of the State of the California North Coast report, now available on Oceanspaces.org!

 

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by Jessica Williams / California Ocean Science Trust
September 25, 2017

Join California Department of Fish and Wildlife and explore the State of the California North Coast.

 

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by Eve Robinson / California Ocean Science Trust and Humboldt State University
June 15, 2017

Humboldt State University's Marine and Coastal Science Institute hosted a day-long symposium in May to share key findings from baseline monitoring of marine protected areas (MPAs) in the North Coast region.

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by Delia Bense-Kang / Northcoast Environmental Center
January 02, 2017

The Humboldt and Del Norte Marine Protected Area Collaboratives, and Professor of Film David Scheerer, are pleased to announce the completion of a series of short MPA Outreach videos for the North Coast!

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by Dina Liebowitz / California Ocean Science Trust
September 08, 2016

California's marine protected areas (MPAs) are in the process of transitioning from regional baseline monitoring, to statewide long-term monitoring to inform decisions about our coast and ocean.

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by Sarah O. Hameed / Marine Conservation Institute
August 17, 2016

Scientists from academic institutions, NGOs, and government agencies huddled in twos and threes over papers, pens, and laptops. While we worked in a windowless room, our minds were in the salty sea.

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by Rebecca Johnson / California Academy of Sciences
April 25, 2016

Snapshot Cal Coast

A Coordinated California Coastal BioBlitz- June 4-12, 2016

 

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by Andy Lauermann / Marine Applied Research and Exporation
January 04, 2016

While surveying a series of planned transect lines within the Reading Rock SMR off the coast of Northern California this last October, a female bluntnose sixgill shark (Hexanchus griseus) suddenly appeared

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by Allison Lui / Marine Applied Research and Exploration & California Department of Fish and Wildlife &
December 10, 2015

Marine Applied Research and Exploration (MARE) would like to share with the ​​OceanSpaces community some of our exceptionally stunning remotely operated vehicle (ROV) footage from the North Coast MPA Baseline Monitoring efforts.

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by Delia Bense-Kang / Northcoast Environmental Center
December 02, 2015

As coastal access is rugged and limited in Northern California and Marine Protected Areas are spread far and wide, the best way to appreciate them may be from the air.

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by Amanda Van Diggelen / California Department of Fish and Wildlife
October 27, 2015

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) would like to share a handful of marine protected area (MPA) short stories, facts, updates, and important management information with you!

 

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by Johnathan Centoni
October 19, 2015

For me, the participating in MPA monitoring has been an unforgettable journey up and down the coast of California.  From the warm clear waters of Santa Barbara Island to the cold murky waters at Pyramid Point SMCA on the California and Oregon border, each site has its own special charm.

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by Andy Lauermann / Marine Applied Research and Exporation
October 12, 2015

This time last year we conducted remotely operated vehicle (ROV) surveys of several north coast marine protected areas as part of the North Coast MPA Baseline Assessment Program (

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by Andy Lauermann / Marine Applied Research and Exporation
October 07, 2015

We are about to wrap up our 2015 survey season with our most challenging expedition of the year, the North Coast MPA Baseline Assessment.  After an exciting year of processing video collected

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by Franklin Moitoza / Humboldt State University
October 05, 2015

The North Coast MPA Baseline Program subtidal monitoring project has been extraordinary, using SCUBA to go places very few (if any) have been diving before. The observation I have enjoyed most was a day in September where we made the long run from Noyo Harbor to the Double Cone SMCA.

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by Christopher Teague / Humboldt State University
September 21, 2015

This is the first in a three-blog series that will share field stories from graduate students conducting baseline monitoring of kelp forests in California's North Coast region, one of 11 projects that make up the

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by Marnin Robbins / California Dept. of Fish and Wildlife
September 03, 2015

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife and California State Parks have teamed up to teach California students about the state’s network of marine protected areas (MPAs) through California State Park’s PORTS (Parks Online Resources for Teachers and Students) program.  Using live video-conferencing and on-line interactive lessons, thousands of students are now learning about California’s MPAs.

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by Laurel Kellner / California Ocean Science Trust
August 26, 2015

This year, Ocean Science Trust is honored to be the local host of the Western Society of Naturalists (WSN) Annual Meeting located in Sacramento, California, November 5-8, 2015. We have introduced a convening topic of "Marine Science Informing Management." 

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by Stephanie Schneider / Humboldt State University
August 06, 2015

The 2015 seabird breeding season at Castle Rock National Wildlife Refuge is almost complete! While Brandt’s Cormorant and Western Gull chicks are still at the island, the most numerous seabird nesting at this island—Common Murre—has recently returned to the sea with their chicks.

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by Steven Hackett / Humboldt State University
May 15, 2015

Recent research with my collaborators Ana Pitchon and Doreen Hansen empirically identfies attributes related to diversification and resilience, including multi-fishery participation, that distinguish commercial fishers who sustain participation after regulatory events that attenuate fishing oppor

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by Anna Neumann / Reef Check California
April 27, 2015

“And when the fog's over and the stars and the moon come out at night it'll be a beautiful sight.” 

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by Ivano Aiello / Moss Landing Marine Laboratories
February 23, 2015

While I was conducting my research along the wave-cut benches of West Cliff in Santa Cruz, I was intrigued by the variety and richness of the marine creatures covering the rocks. Before going to UCSC, I worked mainly on mountain outcrops in Europe, so observing this type of complexity of marine life on the rocks that I was studying was quite fascinating.

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by Melissa Redfield / UC Santa Cruz
February 13, 2015

Sea star wasting syndrome (SSWS) is a general description of a set of symptoms that are found in sea stars.  Typically, lesions appear in the ectoderm followed by decay of tissue surrounding the lesions, which leads to eventual fragmentation of the body and death.

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by Jennifer Savage / Northcoast Environmental Center
February 03, 2015

What’s Happening with Sea Stars

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by Anna Neumann / Reef Check California
December 11, 2014

I slide onto the stool next to a hunched over man at Piaci Pizza, a local hang out for Fort Bragger’s. He’s watching a movie on his iPhone screen and without glancing up at me he says “You’re that girl who counts fish.”

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by Anna Neumann / Reef Check California
November 19, 2014

I stood on the “landing pad” at the Mendocino Headlands site, also known as Pipeline, catching HSU students as waves pushed them one at a time onto the flat rocky outcropping which made this site dive-able.

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by Andy Lauermann / Marine Applied Research and Exporation
November 03, 2014

After finishing our survey of the Reading Rock SMR (see Part III) and waiting out our first big north coast storm of the season, we left Humboldt Bay on what seemed to be a break in the weather.  Our research vessel (see Part I) was headed south to the  Mattole Canyon SMR

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by Anna Neumann / Reef Check California
October 31, 2014

        From a young age I remember my Mom talking to me about shark attacks, my brother and I grew up surfing and playing in the ocean in central California and every few years a white shark would pop up and bite someone.

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by Anna Neumann / Reef Check California
October 29, 2014

I sprayed down my Omer open cell wetsuit with a mixture of hair conditioner and water and began the semi-disgusting process of sliding myself into the suit.  Thinking about to the first time I wore the suit 4 years earlier on my first ever scuba dive in the Smith River, I’ve come a long way.

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by Andy Lauermann / Marine Applied Research and Exporation
October 16, 2014

It was a typical north coast cold and foggy morning as we arrived at the Trinidad boat launch to catch a ride to our research vessel (

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by Andy Lauermann / Marine Applied Research and Exporation
October 05, 2014

It was a cold and foggy morning just off Crescent City California, as we prepared to launch the ROV Beagle into the dark and murky waters within the Point Saint George Offshore SMCA.  Having j

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by Andy Lauermann / Marine Applied Research and Exporation
September 24, 2014

In early September our team of biologists, engineers and GIS specialists mobilized a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) aboard the R/V Miss Linda, an ex-trawl fishing vessel, in preparation for baselin

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by Erin Meyer / California Ocean Science Trust
January 30, 2014

Scientists, fishermen, tribal governments, and citizen groups from 30 organizations across eleven projects will work together to develop a baseline of ocean conditions and human uses in the North Coast region.