CSU Marine and Coastal Science News

SDSU's Marisa Trego is Using Dolphins to Find Pollutants
SDSU's Marisa Trego, from the Conservation Ecology Lab, is analyzing dolphin blubber to identify pollutants such as DDT. Pollutants tend to bioaccumulate in the fatty tissue of marine mammals.
Posted: February 8, 2016

MLML Hosts Meeting About the Future of Aquaculture in California
Moss Landing Marine Labs hosted a meeting last month to discuss strategies and goals for a new statewide aquaculture collaboration. Representatives from 20 CSU campuses as well as industry, policymakers and non-profit organizations were in attendance to create a shared vision for aquaculture in California.
Posted: February 3, 2016

CSU Scientists Find Mercury in Fog Off California Coast
San Diego State University and Moss Landing Marine Labs researchers find elevated mercury levels in fog off the California coast. Mercury gets into the oceans from smokestack emissions and other industrial sources and is a public health concern because it tends to build up in the food chain.
Posted: January 28, 2016

CSU Fullerton's Dr. Kathy Dickson Receives Fishery Biology Award
Dr. Kathy Dickson of CSU Fullerton has received the 2015 Distinguished Service Award from the American Institute of Fishery Research Biologists (AIFRB). Her affiliation with the organization has helped her advance her research on endothermy in fishes the unusual ability to maintain body temperature significantly above the water temperature.
Posted: January 25, 2016


In Other News

Feds Approve Offshore Aquaculture in Gulf of Mexico
NOAA announced that it will allow large-scale fish farming in federal waters in the Gulf of Mexico. According to NOAA, 90% of fish in the US is imported and half of this is farmed.
Posted: February 8, 2016

WHOI Expedition Explores Galapagos Seamounts, Discovers New Shark Species
WHOI researchers conduct first scientific expedition to explore deep-sea seamounts surrounding the Galapagos Islands using an AUV. The team discovered a new species of catshark as a result of this expedition.
Posted: February 1, 2016

Sea Star Wasting Disease Among Worst Wildlife Die-Offs Ever
The sea star wasting disease that is killing sea stars along the Pacific coast from Alaska to Mexico is so widespread that scientists think it is one of the biggest, if not the biggest, wildlife die-off ever.
Posted: January 25, 2016

Global Fish Catch Likely Higher Than Reported and Declining
A new study suggests that global fish catch is much higher than expected, due to inaccurate data submitted to the UN FAO, and catch is declining sharply. Global fish catch peaked in 1996.
Posted: January 20, 2016