Rising ocean acidity bad news for West Coast’s $200 million Dungeness crab fishery

January 30, 2020

Acidification of the world’s oceans was supposed to be a distant problem — nothing to worry about until some time in the future. But a new study of juvenile Dungeness crab collected off the Pacific Northwest coast shows the crustaceans are vulnerable to conditions that exist right now.

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Ocean Heat Waves Linked to Rise in Whale Entanglements

January 28, 2020

Whales searching for food near California during recent marine heat events became ensnared in fishing gear.

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CMSI Associate DIrector, Anne Todgham, recognized as new Chancellor’s Fellow 

January 21, 2020

CMSI is so proud of our Associate Director for Academic Programs, Dr. Anne Todgham, for being a new Chancellor’s Fellow.

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New tactic in combating exploding sea urchin population

January 18, 2020

Off the Northern California coast, there is a crisis beneath the waves. The kelp forest – seaweed that provided habitat and food for much of life in the ocean – is gone, wiped out by an exploding population of purple sea urchins.

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Kelp! They Need Somebody … To Eat Sea Urchins

December 26, 2019

Urchinomics and its partner, the UC Davis' Bodega Marine Laboratory, are running a trial designed to develop methods for ranching purple sea urchins for profit, while at the same time addressing the consequences of a nasty ecological chain reaction.

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From Overpopulation to Hors d’oeuvres

December 18, 2019

Wildlife conservation sometimes involves eating fewer animal products. But to save California’s kelp forest, a new dish is being added to the menu: purple sea urchin. 

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