Sustainability and Ecosystem-Based Fisheries Management

In collaboration with local fishers, communities and government agencies these research groups explore cultural, economic, and policy implications of local and small scale fisheries globally to improve fisheries management. Sustainability and Ecosystem-Based Management of Marine Fisheries Research Groups: California Coastal Program Citizen Science and the Fishes of La Jolla Sustainable Local Seafood Shark Conservation Gulf of California Marine Program Small … Read More

The Intertidal Zone at Bird Rock

San Diego County is home to a wide range of terrestrial and marine ecosystems found in the vast deserts, on the forested mountains, in the coastal kelp forests, and deep in the submarine canyons.  Caught in the middle of the physical clash between land and sea is the highly dynamic ecosystem of the rocky intertidal zone.  Here, the sudden break … Read More

National Security and Climate Change

Representatives from the U.S. Armed Forces,  the Department of Defense, academia, various nonprofit and corporate entities, and the public gathered for a symposium titled Climate and National Security: Securing Better Forecasts. The symposium was hosted by the Center for Environment and National Security at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California San Diego. The goal was to … Read More

Sustainable Local Seafood

CMBC seeks to educate the public and benefit our local fishers by providing regular Ocean-to-Table event to feature Southern California products from the sea.  The events provide data on a fish(ery) from perspectives of scientists, regulators, fishers, producers, and chefs.  A species is discussed from  life history, availability, how it’s fished, how it’s marketed and to how to prepare. Seafood … Read More

Report Your Observations

1- Sign up for iNaturalist or log in. Use your iNaturalist logo log in or sign up from here. 2- Upload your photo Add your photo and fill in the required fields, many can be synced from your photo’s metadata. 3- View your observations Explore how your observations compare with collections data. Report your observations

Marine Protected Areas of La Jolla

Several areas in the La Jolla region have been set aside as marine protected areas (MPAs). Historically, the first MPA in the area was the San Diego Marine Life Refuge established in 1957, which included the Scripps Coastal Reserve, a part of the University of California Natural Reserve system. It extends from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography pier northward. The … Read More

Citizen Science and the Fishes of La Jolla

The picturesque coastline of La Jolla includes a variety of habitats that support a rich and diverse assemblage of marine organisms including well over 250 species of fishes. Four marine protected areas have been established in recognition of the region’s importance in preserving California’s marine biodiversity. We are soliciting the help of citizen scientists including divers and fishers in recording … Read More

Small Scale Artisanal Fisheries Research Network-SAFRN

Artisanal fisheries are small-scale fisheries for subsistence or local, small markets, generally using traditional fishing techniques and small boats. They occur around the world (particularly in developing nations) and are vital to livelihoods and food security. Collectively, these fisheries catch about 30 million tons of fish for human consumption annually (the same amount as commercial fisheries), and an estimated 150 … Read More

Contaminants and Health

The oceans are a repository for global pollutants. In turn, our own exposure to these ocean pollutants is often directly linked to our consumption of seafood. For example, elemental mercury in the atmosphere is deposited in the oceans through atmospheric processes and converted to organic mercury by microbes in sediments. Organic mercury persists, by binding to intracellular proteins, and rapidly … Read More

Marine Biodiversity

Biodiversity, at its simplest level, refers to the variety and abundance of life in a given area. It encompasses many levels of variation, from genes to ecosystems. Human activities directly affect biodiversity and the health of the oceans. CMBC researchers study these links to determine the nature and extent of human impacts. Our scientists communicate the results of their research … Read More