Complete removal of an offshore oil rig could cause harm to marine life and their environment. However, according to Cal Poly Pomona professor Dr. Jeremy Claisse, "approximately 90% biomass and production are retained through partial removal." Topics, such as oil rig decommissioning methods, are discussed among scientists and the public at various forums.
Estuaries are dramatically changing environments that experience "very strong gradients in temperature, salinity" and "all of the physical parameters that are much stronger than you see in the open ocean.” To gain insight into how oysters cope in this environment, San Diego State researchers, Dr. Luke Miller, and graduate student Gabriella Kalbach, deploy oysters with magnetic sensors to measure biological behavior.
Through the new State Science Information Needs Program (SSINP), COAST will fund $2.6M in research by CSU faculty members to support the state of California’s highest priority ocean, coastal, and coastal watershed related science needs. The goal of the program is to provide the science needed for informed policy development and evidence-based decision making in a timely and actionable manner. COAST is now accepting proposals for RFP 1: microplastics and microfibers.
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