News & Events
Warmest oceans ever recorded
Temperatures even exceed those of the record-breaking 1998 El Niño year,” says Axel Timmermann, climate scientist and professor, studying variability of the global climate system at the International Pacific Research Center, University of Hawaii at Manoa.
Posted: November 21, 2014
Virus identified as top suspect in sea star wasting disease
All along the Pacific coast of North America, the sea stars have been disappearing. Commonly known as starfish, millions have died over the past year in an unprecedented outbreak of sea star wasting syndrome, a mysterious disease that causes sea stars to disintegrate as their arms fall off and tissues turn to mush.
Posted: November 18, 2014
Fukushima radioactivity detected off northern California coast
Monitoring efforts along the Pacific Coast of the U.S. and Canada have detected the presence of small amounts of radioactivity from the 2011 Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Plant accident 100 miles (150 km) due west of Eureka, California. Scientists at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) found the trace amounts of telltale radioactive compounds as part of their ongoing monitoring of natural and human sources of radioactivity in the ocean.
Posted: November 13, 2014
Scientists ideinify a new driver in Arctic warming
A mechanism that could turn out to be a big contributor to warming in the Arctic region and melting sea ice has been identified by scientists. They found that open oceans are much less efficient than sea ice when it comes to emitting in the far-infrared region of the spectrum, a previously unknown phenomenon that is likely contributing to the warming of the polar climate.
Posted: November 10, 2014
New coral species discovered off California by scientists on NOAA-led mission
A NOAA-led research team has discovered a new species of deep-sea coral and a nursery area for catsharks and skates in the underwater canyons located close to the Gulf if Farallones and Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuaries off the Sonoma Coast.
Posted: November 7, 2014
Unusual warm ocean conditions off California bringing odd species
Rare changes in wind patterns this fall have caused the Pacific Ocean off California and the West Coast to warm to historic levels, drawing in a bizarre menagerie of warm-water species. The mysterious phenomena are surprising fishermen and giving marine biologists an aquatic Christmas in November.
Posted: November 4, 2014
Three CSU schools awarded NIH diversity in the scientific workforce awards
Today marks an important step forward for NIH's support of a diverse scientific workforce. NIH has announced the awardees of unique, targeted programs for developing new approaches to engage researchers from underrepresented backgrounds and for preparing them to thrive in scientific careers. Awardees include CSU Long Beach, CSU Northridge, and San Francisco State University.
Posted: October 22, 2014
Oil platforms - top marine fish habitats?
Scientists found that the platforms tended to produce about 10 times more fish biomass (or weight)– chiefly various species of rockfish and lingcod – than other more conventional marine habitats studied in the Pacific and North Atlantic oceans, Mediterranean and North seas, the Gulf of Mexico and along the coasts of South Africa and Australia.
Posted: October 21, 2014
Dr. Nancy Foster Scholarship Program now accepting applications
The Dr. Nancy Foster Scholarship Program provides support for independent graduate-level studies in oceanography, marine biology, or maritime archaeology (including all science, engineering, social science and resource management of ocean and coastal areas), particularly by women and members of minority groups.
Posted: October 16, 2014
Bluefin tuna may finally catch a break
The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) announced last month that it will prohibit longlining in the bluefin's two Gulf spawning hotspots during April and May, the two months of peak spawning activity - and peak incidental catch.
Posted: October 14, 2014
Marine Stewardship Council updates fisheries standards
The Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) has launched its updated standard for sustainable fishing with 10 key changes. Version 2.0 of the MSC's Fisheries Certificaiton Requirements reflects the most up-to-date understanding of fishery science and management.
Posted: October 6, 2014
Single-use plastic bags now banned in California
Concluding the long odyssey of one of the most contentious bills of 2014, Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday signed legislation phasing out the single-use plastic bags that grocery stores and other retailers use to package products at the checkout line.
Posted: September 30, 2014
World’s largest marine reserve in Pacific Ocean
The Pacific Remote Islands National Marine Monument will be expanded by President Obama from almost 87,000 square miles to more than 490,000 square miles. This newely expanded area will be protected from commercial fishing and other extractive uses like deep-water mining.
Posted: September 29, 2014
CSUN Receives $1.9 Million for Coral Reef Research
The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded marine biologists Robert Carpenter and Peter Edmunds nearly $1.9 million to further a yearlong experiment that will use replicated outdoor water flumes with different carbon dioxide treatments to study of the effects ocean acidification on coral reefs.
Posted: September 23, 2014
MLSOC Early Career Program at the Fall AGU Meeting
This workshop is for students, early-career scientists and new users of the RV Marcus G. Langseth, the U.S. National Oceanographic Seismic Facility. The workshop is scheduled for December 13-14, 2014 in San Francisco, CA prior to the AGU Fall meeting. Applications for travel and lodging support are being accepted through Monday, October 20, 2014.
Posted: September 22, 2014
Humboldt State University Gifted New ROV
Humboldt State University gifted new ROV from the Naval Facilities Expeditionary Warfare Center. The Max Rover is larger than its eight-year-old predecessor and can submerge up to 3,000 feet below sea level.
Posted: September 17, 2014
Ocean Acidification Affects Mussels' Ability to Attach
Researchers have found that increased carbon dioxide weakens the sticky fibers that mussels use to survive by clinging to objects like shorelines or the ropes used by commercial harvesters. The global mussel farming sector is valued at $1.5 billion a year.
Posted: September 15, 2014
Five CSU Faculty Receive Large NSF Grant for Ocean Acidification Research
Dr. Cheryl Logan (CSUMB), Dr. Scott Hamilton (MLML), and Drs. Brian Tissot, Eric Bjorkstedt and Jeffrey Abell (Humboldt State) have received an award of nearly $900,000 from NSF to study ocean acidification and hypoxia. This team recevied support from COAST to collect the preliminary data that went into the proposal that helped them win the grant. Congratulations!
Posted: September 3, 2014
New Methane Gas Leaks Found on Atlantic Seafloor
Researchers have discovered 570 methane gas plumes off the coast from North Carolina to Massachusetts at depths of 180-600 meters. The seeps suggest that methane’s contribution to climate change has been underestimated in some models.
Posted: August 27, 2014
Ocean Polluted by Paint Dust
Researchers have discovered the top millimeter of the ocean is polluted with paint and fiberglass particles. The microscopic fragments come from the decks and hulls of boats, and they could pose a threat to zooplankton.
Posted: August 19, 2014
Massive Red Tide Bloom Off Florida's Gulf of Mexico Coast
An 80-mile wide red tide bloom in the Gulf of Mexico is moving toward the Florida coast. Red tide occurs when naturally occurring algae bloom out of control, producing toxins deadly to fish and other marine life. This bloom has killed thousands of fish in the Gulf of Mexico to date.
Posted: August 11, 2014
CSU Monterey Bay Hosts Ocean Science REU Program
The Summer Ocean Science Research Experiences for Undergraduates at CSUMB is a 10-week program funded by NSF. CSUMB is one of 33 universities in the United States to receive the NSF grant for ocean science research — and the only one in the California State University system.
Posted: August 11, 2014
Mercury Rising in the World's Oceans
New research shows that ocean waters shallower than about 100 meters (300 feet) have tripled in mercury concentration since the Industrial Revolution. Mercury is a naturally occurring element as well as a by-product of such human activities as burning coal.
Posted: August 7, 2014
California Ocean Science Trust Invites You To Take the Central Coast Monitoring Survey
California Ocean Science Trust invites coordinators and managers of monitoring projects on the Central Coast to take the Central Coast Monitoring Survey, available through August 29th. Your participation will help the Ocean Science Trust and its partners at California Department of Fish and Wildlife and California Ocean Protection Council design and implement the next phase of Central Coast MPA monitoring. For more details about the survey please visit the Central Coast region page on OceanSpaces.org.
Posted: August 1, 2014
CSUMB Graduate Student Awarded Dr. Nancy Foster Scholarship from NOAA
CSU Monterey Bay student Emily Aiken was one of three students nationwide awarded the Dr. Nancy Foster Scholarship from NOAA. The Program provides support for independent graduate-level studies in oceanography, marine biology, or maritime archaeology, particularly by women and members of minority groups. Emily is pursuing a M.S. degree in Applied Marine and Watershed Science and her thesis is developed around a ROV project in the Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary.
Posted: July 31, 2014