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Toxic Algal Bloom Off West Coast Could be Largest Ever Recorded
The toxic algal bloom now spreading from Central California to British Columbia could be the largest such event ever recorded. Recreational and commercial shellfisheris have been shut down in Washington, Oregon and California due to the domoic acid concentrations.
Posted: July 9, 2015

NOAA Forecasters Now Predict 90% Chance of El Niño Winter
Weather forcasters at NOAA are now predicting a 90% chance of an El Niño winter this year. Some forecasters expect the patterns to be as strong as the 1997 El Niño event.
Posted: July 9, 2015

Starfish Capable of Removing Foreign Bodies Through Their Skin
New study details how starfish are able to squeeze foreign bodies along the length of their body cavities and out through their arm tips. Researchers discovered this when trying to insert tags to study the starfish.
Posted: June 23, 2015

CSU Channel Islands Provides Swift Response to Santa Barbara Oil Spill
Dr. Sean Anderson of CSU Channel Islands began monitoring and studying the ecological impacts of the Santa Barbara Oil Spill immediately after the May 19 spill began. As much as 100,000 gallons of may have spilled and the cause is still under investigation.
Posted: May 26, 2015

Carbon Dioxide Levels Pass 400 Parts Per Million Globally
Carbon dioxide levels have exceeded 400 parts per million for the first time at 39 sites around the globe according to new research. Carbon dioxide emissions are the main driver of climate change and have risen more than 120 ppm since pre-industrial times.
Posted: May 11, 2015

NOAA Doubles Size of Cordell Bank and Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuaries
NOAA issued a rule expand the Cordell Bank and Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuaries to 4,581 square miles - more than doubling the current size. The agency received more than 1,300 comments, most in support of the proposed expansion.
Posted: May 11, 2015

Summer Sponge Biodiversity Course Offered in Florida
The Mote Marine Laboratory Tropical Research Lab in Summerland Key Florida is offering a Sponge Biodiversity Summer Course. Applications are due March 31, 2015.
Posted: February 26, 2015