Dr. Rick Starr is Director of the California Sea Grant Extension Program and a research faculty member of Moss Landing Marine Laboratories (MLML). The California Sea Grant Extension Program is headquartered at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, but Dr. Starr’s office is located on campus at Moss Landing Marine Labs. His work with California Sea Grant includes activities in research, education and outreach. Rick’s Fisheries and Conservation Biology Lab at MLML currently conducts activities covering four primary areas. Dr. Starr, MLML students and collaborators are:
- providing technical advice, training and leadership to help governmental agencies, environmental organizations and resource users develop and coordinate coastal resource management plans;
- conducting research on nearshore species such as rockfishes, Lingcod and groupers to help promote the wise use, conservation and management of valuable fishery resources;
- working with scientists, fishermen and non-governmental organizations to design and evaluate marine protected areas (MPAs) in California;
- and helping to promote and coordinate marine research and education in this region.