Studies show that human presence stress out nearby recovering sea otter populations. According to research conducted by a former Moss Landing Marine Laboratory graduate student, "sea otters get startled by humans six times per day, on average, and the calories they burn repeatedly escaping curious tourists could have consequences." Dr. Bren Hughes, Sonoma State University, adds that "in the summer, there’s an armada of kayakers" that stresses out the otters, putting them in "defense mode for a portion of every morning."
Dr. Janet Kübler, a California State University, Northridge marine biologist, has been awarded a $152,054 grant from the National Sea Grant College Program to develop seaweed as an aquaculture crop. This particular seaweed is a species of giant kelp that is tolerant of higher ocean water temperatures. According to Kübler, "we are optimizing the conditions for producing large crops of golden kombu on the California coast, by first growing them in experimental conditions in the seaweed nursery”.
Integrating oceans into climate policy: Any green new deal needs a splash of blue, co-authored by several CSU faculty members, addresses the need for the inclusion of the ocean economy in Green New Deal. According to these researchers, "scientific consensus is clear that bold, coordinated policies are needed to avert present and escalating climate crises."
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