Conserving Marine Life Along Catalina's Coast
Climate change and human activities are impacting key marine life, water conditions, and more along Catalina’s coast. Help scientists collect urgently needed data to help manage this critical habitat.
Catalina Island, located just 22 miles off the coast of Los Angeles, is home to a wide variety of plant and animal species, and surrounded by some of the most vibrant kelp forest habitats in the world. This region is also home to multiple Areas of Special Biological Significance and seven Marine Protected Areas (MPAs), which are regions designed to safeguard marine animals, plants, and their habitats by limiting human activities such as fishing or boating.
Catalina is sometimes referred to as a ‘living laboratory.’ Despite its close proximity to Los Angeles, a major urban landscape, the island is relatively remote and significant efforts have been made to protect its coastal waters. It is therefore an ideal region to study not only the effects of MPAs on the health of marine ecosystems, but how global threats, such as climate change, are impacting these waters.
Join scientists on this picturesque island and help to monitor the health of a unique coastal habitat. Record the abundance of marine mammals such as California sea lions, gray whales, and common dolphins; collect water samples; survey the inhabitants of the intertidal zone; and observe the ways in which humans use this delicate habitat. Contribute to Pacific coast datasets and help to conserve a valuable marine ecosystem.
A Typical Itinerary
- DAY 1 Meet, travel to field site, observe marine mammals en route
- DAYS 2-6 Survey Marine Protected Areas, observe marine mammals, conduct intertidal surveys
- DAY 7 Departure
HOW WILL YOU HELP
Survey Marine Protected Areas and intertidal habitat
You’ll walk along shoreline, cliffs, and beach roads to monitor human activities in Marine Protected Areas. You will measure and record rocky intertidal species and their abundance.
Observe marine mammals
You will kayak along Catalina’s coast to observe, survey, and photograph marine mammals, such as gray whales and dolphins.
Collect water samples
To determine the impacts of harmful algal blooms, you will perform plankton tows and use microscopes to determine phytoplankton and algae species present in your water samples.
Field conditions and research needs can lead to changes in the itinerary and activities. We appreciate your cooperation and understanding.
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