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Scientific Diving

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Nancy Caruso- Marine Biologist/ Project Director Dirk Burcham- Biologist/ Research Associate

June 3, 2009

Orange County Giant Kelp Restoration Project  buttonLink

The purpose of this report is to provide a brief overview, for the MLPA process, of select species groups that have been monitored for the last seven years in Orange County as part of the Orange County Giant Kelp Restoration Project.

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Chris Martin, CSULB

November 7, 2006

Species Composition and Abundances of Nearshore Reef Fish  buttonLink

As the majority of the twenty-seven petroleum platforms off of California are slated to end productivity within the next ten years, the issue of decommissioning is becoming of greater public interest. Previous surveys in the Santa Barbara Channel have shown that petroleum platforms act as rearing habitat for many over-fished rockfish species, however no thorough systematic surveys of the platforms located off Long Beach and Huntington Beach have been conducted.

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Aquarium of the Pacific AAUS Volunteer Diving Program, Nancy Caruso and Dirk Burcham, California Coast Keeper Alliance

November 7, 2006

California Coast Keeper Alliance (2006 - present)  buttonLink

Trained AAUS volunteer scientific divers from the Aquarium of the Pacific are assisting the California Coast Keeper Alliance with a two-year monitoring project at Crystal Cove State Park.

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Aquarium of the Pacific AAUS Diving Program, Dr. Doug Hammond and Steven Colbert, USC/University of Washington

November 7, 2006

USC Sediment Circulation Study (2006)  buttonLink

Trained AAUS volunteer scientific divers from the Aquarium of the Pacific assisted researchers from USC and the University of Washington studying seawater circulation through nearshore sediments by obtaining core sediment and water samples from the substrate from three sites off of the coast of Huntington Beach.

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Aquarium of the Pacific AAUS Volunteer Diving Program, National Park Service, Coastal Marine Archaeology Resources

November 7, 2005

Maritime Archaeology/National Parks (2005)  buttonLink

In November 2005, the Aquarium Dive Safety Officer participated in the annual NPS/CMAR shipwreck survey in California’s Northern Channel Islands.

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Aquarium of the Pacific AAUS Volunteer Diving Program, University of California Santa Barbara (UCSB), Partnership for Interdisciplinary Studies of Coastal Oceans (PISCO), Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary (CINMS), Channel Islands National Park (CINP), California Department of Fish and Game (CDFG)

November 7, 2005

Channel Islands Monitoring (2005)  buttonLink

The overall goal of this community-based research program is to train volunteer non-scientists to conduct research and collect data relating toquestions of marine conservation and management inside the recently established Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) of the CINMS. Data was collected during a one week research expedition to the Channel Islands, where the divers practiced data collection following specific sampling protocols. Information obtained was used to supplement existing monitoring projects already underway by researchers at UCSB, PISCO, CDFG, the CINMS, and the Channel Islands National Park Service’s Kelp Forest Monitoring Program (KFM), among others.

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Aquarium of the Pacific and UC Davis/Sea Grant

November 7, 2005

UC Davis/Sea Grant – Marine Debris Study (Derelict Gear Pilot Project) (2005)  buttonLink

Aquarium scientific divers-in-training participated in part of a statewide study managed by University of California, Davis/Sea Grant and funded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the Coastal Conservancy to locate and identify abandoned marine debris in the waters surrounding Catalina Island.

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Mike Navarro, CSU Fullerton

November 7, 2005

Tracking the Brown Sea Hare (Aplysia californica) in the Southern California Bight (2005)  buttonLink

Volunteer scientific divers from the Aquarium of the Pacific assisted California State University, Fullerton PhD. candidate Mike Navarro with his studies aimed at understanding how larvae of many species disperse in ocean currents.

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Diana Lloyd, CSU Fullerton

November 7, 2005

Cal State Fullerton – Larval Mollusc Movement Study (2005)  buttonLink

Scientific divers from the Aquarium of the Pacific assisted graduate students from California State University, Fullerton by collecting larval sea hares and various other mollusks. Deciphering the connectivity of marine populations involves tracking larval sources and settlement sites.

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Bridgette Nace, CSU Northridge

November 7, 2004

Reproductive Behavior and Coloration of Black Perch (Embiotoca jacksoni)  (2004)  buttonLink

Aquarium scientific divers assisted with weekly observations from the Summer of 2004 through the Summer of 2005 as part of a study to determine details of the spawning periodicity of black perch, in King Harbor at Redondo Beach, California.

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National Park Service

November 7, 2004

National Park Service Kelp Monitoring Survey (2004)  buttonLink

Several Aquarium scientific divers participated in kelp monitoring survey cruises held by the National Park Service at the Channel Island Marine Sanctuary. Their contributions were especially valuable since kelp forest monitoring has been severely impacted due to limited funding by these agencies.

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Aquarium of the Pacific and the California Department of Fish and Game

November 7, 2004

Abalone Surveys with California Department of Fish and Game (2004 - present)  buttonLink

In the spring of 2004 the Aquarium of the Pacific began a cooperative effort with the California Department of Fish and Game aimed at determining baseline data on existing populations of abalone at Santa Catalina Island. Scientific divers have conducted numerous monitoring trips at several locations around Catalina and the Palos Verdes peninsula.

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Dr. Chris Lowe and Jeremy Vaudo, CSULB

November 7, 2003

Movement Patterns of the Round Stingray (Urobatis halleri) at Seal Beach, California (2003)  buttonLink

Scientific divers from the Aquarium assisted in this study involving the use of acoustic telemetry to determine how long round stingrays congregate at Seal Beach, and where they go after leaving the area.

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Aquarium of the Pacific

November 7, 2003

Marine Biotoxin Monitoring for California Department of Health Services (2003 - present)  buttonLink

Since 2003 the Aquarium of the Pacific has been participating in a statewide project aimed at determining levels of paralytic shellfish poisoning and domoic acid toxins in marine bivalves and plankton.

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John Froeschke, CSU Northridge

November 7, 2002

The Fish Assemblage of the Outer Los Angeles Breakwater (2002 - 2003)  buttonLink

Scientific divers from the Aquarium conducted numerous surveys at two locations near the mainland and at Catalina Island as part of a project to assist California State University, Northridge master’s of science candidate John Froeschke in this study comparing species of fishes and schooling and aggregating behavior.