BlueTech Week 2016

8th Annual San Diego BlueTech Week, Crowne Plaza Hotel, San Diego, CA, November 10, 2016  


Michael Lee took part in a panel discussion on “Education and Workforce Development for the Blue Economy”. He discussed the opportunities and challenges associated with the development of an aquaculture industry in California and efforts at MLML to develop training and research to support the blue economy as part of a panel of educators and workforce developers moderated by Jerry Schubel of the Long Beach Aquarium.


Learn more about BlueTech Week 2016 here.

CeNCOOS 2016

Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI), Moss Landing, CA, December 5, 2016

Michael Lee gave a “Lightning Talk” on “The development of the new MLML Aquaculture Facility” as part of the Regional Focus session on the Monterey Bay. He briefed meeting attendees on ongoing developments and future plans for MLML Aquaculture Center teaching, research and outreach and reflected on how ocean observing and CeNCOOS data collection and management relate to aquaculture and our efforts at MLML.
The Central and Northern California Ocean Observing System (CeNCOOS) is a collaborative that enables sustained and coordinated measurements, model nowcasts and forecasts, and integrated products to inform decisions about our regional ocean.

Ocean Aquaculture in California: Status and Opportunities

March 15, 2016
CSU COAST (Council on Ocean Affairs, Science & Technology) sponsored a lunchtime briefing for legislators and staff in Sacramento on Tuesday March 15, 2016 at the Capitol Event Center as part of Ocean Day. The briefing, entitled Ocean Aquaculture in California: Status and Opportunities, was moderated by CSU Monterey Bay’s Distinguished Professor of Marine Science and Policy, Dr. James Lindholm, and featured presentations by Diane Windham, NOAA West Coast Regional Coordinator- California, Secretary John Laird, California Natural Resources Agency, and Dr. Michael Lee, Professor of Anthropology, Geography and Environmental Studies at Cal State East Bay. Diane presented the federal perspective on aquaculture off the California Coast, Secretary Laird discussed the state perspective and the role of his agency, and Michael discussed the status of and opportunities for aquaculture teaching and research at the CSU. In doing so, Michael highlighted work being done at Moss Landing Marine Lab and the efforts being undertaken to establish the MLML Center for Aquaculture and a broader, CSU-wide initiative for a Center for Sustainable Aquaculture that can tie together the many great faculty and student research projects and faculty expertise across the 23 campus and the MLML.

You can read more from CSUEB, or download the Powerpoint presentation.


California State Senate’s Joint Committee on Fisheries and Aquaculture

February 11, 2016
Dr. Mike Graham, representing Moss Landing Marine Laboratories, San Jose State University, and the MLML Aquaculture Facility, appeared before the California State Senate’s Joint Committee on Fisheries and Aquaculture on 11 February 2016. The purpose of Dr. Graham’s presentation was to inform the Committee on the plans for a Center for Aquaculture initially placed at SJSU and the MLML consortium, and eventually developing a CSU-wide Center for Aquaculture. The concept was well received by the committee members, including support from Assemblyman Mark Stone who was in the audience.
Watch the meeting below:

Joint Committee on Fisheries and Aquaculture: February 11, 2016: Aquaculture Agenda Item

Grand Opening: August 22, 2014

Today's Grand Opening of Moss Landing Marine Laboratories' Aquaculture Facility was well attended and well received.

The day's speakers included Jim Harvey, Director of MLML; Dennis Jaehne, AVP Undergraduate Studies & Acting Deputy Provost; Pam Stacks, AVP Graduate Studies & Research at SJSU and Interim Chief Operating Officer at SJSU Research Foundation; Rebecca Dukes, COO at SJSU Tower Foundation; Wayne Porter, U.S. Navy (retired); and Mike Graham, Professor of Phycology at MLML.

Attendees from various scientific, business, academic, and community sectors enjoyed the event’s aquaculture demonstrations and discussions. There was lots of positive responses to this new facility, a unique center on the west coast that directly partners an educational institution to aquaculture research. Moss Landing Marine Laboratories is grateful to the David & Lucile Packard Foundation for making the construction of this new facility possible. The next step is continuing to foster collaborative relationships that partner business with researchers and students; and to furnish the center with various analytical and monitoring instrumentation.

Photos by Scott Gabara

Aquaculture Workshop 2016

Moss Landing, CA, January 22, 2016

On Jan. 13-14, 2016, Moss Landing Marine Laboratories hosted a workshop that brought together California lawmakers, NGOs, business owners, and industry reps with researchers from the 23-campus California State University (CSU) system to discuss how this diverse group of stakeholders can combine their expertise and work together to bolster California’s underdeveloped aquaculture industry.

Organized by Dr. Michael Graham of Moss Landing Marine Laboratories, and funded by both the CSU Council on Ocean Affairs, Science & Technology (COAST) and California Sea Grant, the workshop generated enthusiasm from all sides about the potential to strengthen California’s standing in aquaculture research, education, and industry.

The next step is already underway. CSU aquaculture researchers are in the process of establishing the framework for their collaboration, which will allow the CSU to promote a strong, sustainable aquaculture industry in California, train a future workforce and entrepreneurs, and engage with policymakers to provide the best available science to inform responsible decisions regarding the future of aquaculture in California, the United States, and ultimately worldwide.

Read more about the workshop on CSU News the Santa Cruz Sentinel, and the Monterey Herald.