Month: October 2018
MLML Researchers Plant Baby Oysters in Partnership with the Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve
On October 23rd, 2018, baby Olympia oysters were planted in Elkhorn Slough as part of a native oyster restoration project. A number of MLML Researchers and Graduate Students are featured in these stories and photos about the event:
Elkhorn Slough: A Big Day for Baby Oysters
SeaGrant: Struggling Olympia oysters get a boost from scientists in Monterey Bay
Santa Cruz Sentinel: Bringing Olympia oysters back to Elkhorn Slough
MLML Researchers Planting Baby Oysters in Partnership with the Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve – October 23rd, 2018
October 18, 2018
For more information:
Scott Nichols, ESF Development & Communications Manager
Phone: (831) 728-5939
Interested members of the media are invited to attend this first-of-its-kind restoration effort, which offers exceptional video, photo, and interview opportunities from an active research site on the tidal mudflats of the Elkhorn Slough.
Researchers Planting Baby Oysters at Elkhorn Slough (10/23)
First Attempt in California to Restore Native Oysters through Aquaculture
ELKHORN SLOUGH, CA — On the afternoon of Tuesday, October 23, 2018, members of the media are invited to attend as a team of researchers and volunteers plant juvenile Olympia oysters in the tidal mudflats of Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve. This outplanting of juvenile oysters, raised in partnership with Moss Landing Marine Laboratories, represents the first attempt to support California’s dwindling native oyster populations through aquaculture.
WHAT: Planting juvenile Olympia oysters (grown through aquaculture in partnership with Moss Landing Marine Laboratories) in the tidal mudflats of the Elkhorn Slough Reserve.
WHEN: Tuesday, October 23, 2018, 3:00pm-6:00pm. Media are encouraged to RSVP.
WHERE: Meet at the Elkhorn Slough Reserve Visitor Center, 1700 Elkhorn Road, Watsonville, CA 95076 (map). We will provide rubber boots, if needed, and shuttle media to and from the project site on the Elkhorn Slough Reserve’s tidal mudflats (approx. 10 minutes).
WHO: Reserve Research Coordinator Dr. Kerstin Wasson with researchers, students, and volunteers from Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve (ESNERR), Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC), and Moss Landing Marine Laboratories (MLML). When the work is complete, there will be a celebratory toast led by MLML Director Jim Harvey, joined by Assemblyman Mark Stone and other supporters of California aquaculture and oyster restoration, including the Anthropocene Institute which provided substantial funding.
WHY: Researchers, students, and volunteers will plant juvenile oysters in Elkhorn Slough to help restore dwindling native oyster populations. This represents the first attempt to support native oyster restoration through aquaculture in the state of California.
CONTACT: For more information or to RSVP, please contact Scott Nichols, ESF Development & Communications Manager, at email@example.com or (831) 728-5939.
Administered by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and managed by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) which owns the property, the Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve (ESNERR), is one of 29 Reserves established nationwide to support long-term research, water-quality monitoring, environmental education, and coastal stewardship. The Elkhorn Slough Foundation (ESF) works in partnership with the Reserve, and is the only nonprofit organization solely dedicated to protecting Elkhorn Slough and its watershed forever. For more information, visit: www.elkhornslough.org.
Elkhorn Slough Reserve volunteers Ken Pollak and Celeste Stanik deploying clam shell reefs with oyster restoration expert Chela Zabin (Photo by Kerstin Wasson, Elkhorn Slough Reserve)
MLML Involved in Re-Shaping Aquaculture on the West Coast
Thanks to support from California Sea Grant, MLML is part of the stakeholder team re-shaping West Coast Aquaculture. You can read more in this article, which includes a quote from our CA Sea Grant Extension Specialist, Dr. Luke Gardner.
MLML Alum Andrew DeVogelaere to speak at Science Sunday – October 21st, 2018
Mysteries of Davidson Seamount and Sur Ridge Revealed
Exploring ancient, deep-sea coral communities
Dr. Andrew DeVogelaere, MLML Phycology Lab alumnus
October 21st, 2018, 1:30pm
Seymour Marine Discovery Center, Santa Cruz
MLML Research Faculty Jason Smith co-author on paper in Science
MLML's Jason Smith, Research Faculty in the Environmental Biotechnology Lab, and collaborators recently published a paper on their research of Pseudo-nitzschia and domoic acid biosynthesis in Science Magazine. The article is titled Biosynthesis of the neurotoxin domoic acid in a bloom-forming diatom.
You can read the paper here.
Scott Benson, MLML Research Affiliate, Speaking at the MBNMS Exploration Center – October 12th, 2018
Come hear MLML Research Affiliate Scott Benson at Leatherback Turtle Day!
When: October 12th, 2018 5-8pm
Where: Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Exploration Center
Scott Benson's Talks:
5:45pm: Leatherback Turtles in the California Current: Why do they cross the Pacific?
7:15pm: Updates from Leatherback's nesting beaches in the Western Pacific
Pacific Shark Research Center at Sharktoberfest! – October 4th, 2018
Visit PSRC at Sharktoberfest NightLife
MLML's Pacific Shark Research Center will be at the California Academy of Sciences on October 4th for their Sharktoberfest NightLife Event. Come ask all your shark questions, or attend one of their talks:
7pm: MLML Grad Student Vicky Vasquez will speak about being the first researcher to identify the elusive Ninja lanternshark.
9pm: MLML Faculty Dr. Dave Ebert has a talk titled “State of Emergency: Searching For Sri Lanka’s Lost Sharks”
MLML Quilt Guild Scholarship Quilt Raffle – December 14th, 2018
MLML Shark Expert Dave Ebert Featured on KION News
MLML's Dr. Dave Ebert of the Pacific Shark Research Center interviewed on KION yesterday to discuss the sharks being spotted in the Monterey Bay.