Four California State University marine science faculty members have been awarded a total of over $1.75 million in grants to examine ways on how to manage and improve California’s Marine Protected Areas (MPAs).
CSU faculty will work with students, researchers, scientists and fishermen to collect information targeting marine life and habitats inside and outside the protected areas along the coast of California.
The awards will allow the CSU to enhance its marine science programs giving both students and faculty the opportunity to apply their scientific expertise and knowledge to help solve coastal issues.
Projects and awards include:
Dr. James Lindholm, director of the Institute for Applied Marine Ecology at CSU Monterey Bay, was awarded $780,000 by the California Sea Grant at UC San Diego and the California Ocean Protection Council/California Ocean Science Trust to research the baseline characterization of fishes, invertebrates and seafloor habitats in the newly-designated MPAs along the coast of southern California.
Cal Poly San Luis Obispo marine science professor Dean Wendt was recommended for $720,000 by the California Sea Grant program and the California Ocean Protection Council to develop new ways to manage California’s near-shore fisheries using catch data from MPA monitoring. The CSU Council on Ocean Affairs, Science and Technology will also provide an additional $20,000.
Cal State Long Beach biological sciences professor Kevin M. Kelley received a $152,530 grant and about $50,000 for trainee support from the USC Sea Grant Program to create cause and effect evaluations of contaminant related thyroid disruption in wild fish in southern and northern California.
The University of California Sea Grant Program granted CSU Monterey Bay assistant professor Corey Garza a $42,000 grant and approximately $25,000 for trainee support to look at the value of incorporating multiple habitat types in the design of MPAs in Southern California that target the Pacific Spiny Lobster and California Sheephead.