CSU Marine and Coastal Science News

HSU Researcher Sheds Light on the Evolution of Green Plants
Dr. Rick Zechman of Humboldt State University has discovered the oldest known multicellular green plant - a deep-water seaweed. His new study details a unique order of algae called Palmophyllales, and how it evolved into a multicellular plant at least 540 million years ago, adding a new branch to the tree of plant life. 
Posted: May 23, 2016

CSUMB Student Team Wins National Fishackathon Contest
The team took first place with an app, Fish Ops, to help fishermen in the Philippines identify and avoid protected areas. Another CSUMB team came in second with an app, “Rogue Net,” to track lost, abandoned fishing gear. Fish Ops will now compete for the top international honor and the $10,000 cash prize that goes with it. 
Posted: May 19, 2016

Rescue Responders, Including MLML's Scott Benson and John Douglas, Disentangle Humpback Whale Off Carmel Coast
Scott Benson and John Douglas of Moss Landing Marine Labs assisted with disentanglement of a humpback whale off the Carmel coast last week. The adult whale was entangled in heavy line from a crab pot system on both flukes but was successfully cut free.
Posted: May 16, 2016

HSU Researchers Find Sea Star Babies In Large Numbers Following SSWD Die-Off
Dr. Joe Tyburczy and Dr. Brian Tissot have been studying the sea stars in Humboldt County with Humboldt State University since 2014 as part of the Marine Protected Area baseline studies that have occurred throughout the state. They are finding unprecedented numbers of juvenile sea stars this year following the massive Sea Star Wasting Disease die-off, which started in 2013 and killed millions.
Posted: May 12, 2016


In Other News

Think Beyond Plastic's 2016 Innovation Campaign Now Accepting Applications
The 2016 Think Beyond Plastic Innovation Competition is accepting applications through March 31 to develop solutions to the global plastic pollution problem through innovation in materials, manufacturing, product design or recycling.
Posted: March 30, 2016

Underwater Robots Can Be Programmed to Make Independent Decisions
New autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) can independently study the ocean and its inhabitants. Dr. Mark Moline, formerly of Cal Poly SLO, recently co-authored a paper in Robotics on enabling AUVs to synthesize sound data in real-time so that it can independently make decisions about what action to take next.
Posted: March 2, 2016

Feds Approve Offshore Aquaculture in Gulf of Mexico
NOAA announced that it will allow large-scale fish farming in federal waters in the Gulf of Mexico. According to NOAA, 90% of fish in the US is imported and half of this is farmed.
Posted: February 8, 2016

WHOI Expedition Explores Galapagos Seamounts, Discovers New Shark Species
WHOI researchers conduct first scientific expedition to explore deep-sea seamounts surrounding the Galapagos Islands using an AUV. The team discovered a new species of catshark as a result of this expedition.
Posted: February 1, 2016