Conservation

Discovering Curiosity: Saving the White Abalone with Kristin Aquilino

November 07, 2018

For the UC Davis College of Biological Sciences: A UC Davis alumna, Kristin Aquilino directs the Bodega Marine Laboratory's white abalone captive breeding program. In 2001, the marine snail was officially listed as endangered. Using captive breeding, Aquilino and colleagues hope to bring the species back from the brink of extinction.

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Large Stretches of Coral Reefs Can Be Rehabilitated

September 27, 2018

New ‘Spider’ Technique Found to Help Coral Reefs

Even after being severely damaged by blast fishing and coral mining, coral reefs can be rehabilitated over large scales using a relatively inexpensive technique, according to a study led by the University of California, Davis, in partnership with Mars Symbioscience.

Abalone Collapse with Kelp Forests

November 29, 2017

The giant sea snails, which eat seaweed and kelp, have been left with little to eat after the North Coast's kelp forests collapsed during the past three years. Now, hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of abalone are dead or starving. 

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Study Reveals Evolutionary History of Imperiled Salmon Stock

August 16, 2017

A study led led by the University of California, Davis, shows that there is a new technology that can help to transform how imperiled species are considered and managed for conservation protection. These technologies can be applied to a wide range of species around the world — from mushrooms to walruses — but the study focuses on two iconic species of Pacific salmon: steelhead and chinook. With the help of these new genetic technologies, there can be used to improve conservation strategies and determinine how to prioritize populations for protection under the Endangered Species Act.

Marine Reserves a Solution to Bycatch Problem in Oceans Protected Areas Help Fishermen Catch the Fish They Want and Protect the Ones They Don’t

August 07, 2017

Commercial fishermen may be able to catch more of the profitable fish they want with marine reserves than without them, according to a study in the journal PNAS led by the University of California, Davis. Using marine reserves as a management tool could also help the recently rebounded West Coast groundfish fishery sustain itself, the study notes.

Marine reserves are a subset of Marine Protected Areas. Some MPAs allow fishing, but marine reserves are areas of the ocean closed to fishing and other extractive activities.

Reef Fish That Conquer Fear Of Sharks May Help Control Excess Algae

January 12, 2017

The study, published January 12 in the journal Ecology, found that coral reef fish, like some land-baed animals, experience “landscapes of fear”. The term describes how fish and other organisms perceive the safety of their environment based on where and how much shelter from predators is available.