News & Events

CSU Monterey Bay Professor to Study Ecological Effect of New Trawl Gear
CSU Monterey Bay Professor Dr. James Lindholm is working with Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, the Environmental Defense Fund and local fishermen to compare the ecological impacts of traditional trawl gear to newly modified gear. The new trawl gear could reduce impact with the seafloor by 90 percent.
Posted: April 11, 2014

MPA Federal Advisory Committee Seeking New Members
NOAA is seeking nominations to fill ten vacancies on the Marine Protected Areas Federal Advisory Committee for 2014. Nominations for representatives of ocean industries, commercial and recreational fishing, Tribal and/or Pacific Islanders, State coastal or ocean agencies, natural and social science, cultural resource management, non-consumptive uses and conservation interests are sought by May 30, 2014.
Posted: April 3, 2014

Giant Six-Legged Robot Crab To Conduct Seafloor Mapping and Surveys
The Korean Institute of Ocean Science and Technology has released a 6-foot 6-legged robot intended to survey the seafloor in harsh conditiona. The robot has sonar and video capabilities.
Posted: April 3, 2014

Point Arena Parcel Added to California Coastal National Monument
President Obama acts to expand the Northern California monument by 1,665 acres after the effort stalled in Congress. The California Coastal National Monument was established in 2000 to protect marine habitat, islands and reefs along the California coastline.
Posted: March 14, 2014

New State of the US Ocean and Coastal Economies Report
The National Ocean Economics Program of the Center for the Blue Economy has just released its second report on the State of the US Ocean and Coastal Economies, 2014.
Posted: March 12, 2014

Distinctive Flashing Patterns Might Facilitate Fish Mating
Scientists have determined that deep-sea fishes use bioluminescence to promote communication and mating in the open ocean, an environment with few barriers to reproduction.
Posted: March 7, 2014

Whales and Ships More Common in the Bering Strait
A new three-year study has revealed that the Arctic is home to a growing number of whales and ships, and to populations of sub-Arctic whales that are expanding their territory into newly ice-free Arctic waters.
Posted: March 7, 2014

Scientists Can Now Track Whales from Space
Scientists can now estimate whale population sizes through use of high resolution satellite imagery. This method is faster and more cost effective than the previous method of counting whales from boats.
Posted: February 25, 2014

SFSU Researchers Grow Eelgrass With High Genetic Diversity
SFSU Researchers are growing eelgrass in the lab with genetic diversity as high as natural eelgrass beds. Eelgrass provides a nursery area for many fish and shellfish species, forms the base of the food web, and increases water quality.
Posted: February 24, 2014

Oceanography Magazine Releases Special Issue On Changing Ocean Chemistry
Oceanography Magazine has released a special issue dedicated to changing ocean chemistry. Topics include deep ocean chemistry, changing pH, and persistent organic pollutants.
Posted: February 20, 2014

Researchers Identify Five Key Characteristics of Successful MPAs
Researchers studied MPAs worldwide and found varying degrees of success. The successful MPAs had five key characteristics: they were “no take”, well enforced, more than 10 years old, bigger than 100 square kilometers, and isolated by deep water or sand.
Posted: February 17, 2014

CSU Monterey Bay Now Accepting Applications For NSF Ocean Science Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Program
CSU Monterey Bay is offering a new Ocean Science Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Program in Monterey, California. The application deadline for the 10-week Summar 2014 program is March 14, 2014.
Posted: February 14, 2014

California Sea Grant Announces New Class of State Fellows
Sixteen graduate students and recent graduates were named recipients of the 2014 California Sea Grant State Fellowships for marine policy and resource management. Congratulations to the seven CSU graduates among the new class!
Posted: February 13, 2014

Wendy Schmidt Ocean Health XPRIZE Registration Now Open
The Wendy Schmidt Ocean Health XPRIZE is a $2 million global competition that challenges teams of engineers, scientists and innovators from all over the world to create pH sensor technology that will measure ocean chemistry. The registation deadline is June 30, 2014.
Posted: February 12, 2014

California MPAs Successful To Date
Two years after the creation of marine protected areas in California, state wildlife officials and environmental groups say the restrictions on fishing are largely being obeyed.
Posted: February 10, 2014

Mesopelagic Fish Biomass In The Ocean Is 10 Times Higher Than Estimated
Acoustic observations reveal that mesopelagic fish, fish that live between 200 and 1000 meters deep, could be 10 time more abundant that previously estimated.
Posted: February 10, 2014

Fish Farms to Produce Nearly Two Thirds of Global Food Fish Supply by 2030
A new World Bank report, Fish to 2030: Prospects for Fisheries and Aquaculture, finds that aquaculture – or fish farming – will provide close to two thirds of global food fish consumption by 2030 as catches from wild capture fisheries level off.
Posted: February 6, 2014

California Drought Threatens Coho Salmon With Extinction
The coho salmon of Central California, which swim up the rivers and creeks during the first winter rains, are stranded in the ocean waiting for the surge of water that signals the beginning of their annual migration, but it may never come.
Posted: February 4, 2014