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.
Former CSU Channel Islands Undergraduate student Dorothy Horn, published a study with co-author Dr. Clare Steele, a CSU CI Professor, and others on the effect of microplastics on key species in beach ecosystems. The sand crab, for example, shows a decrease in reproductive success and an increase in adult mortality when exposed to microplastics.
Researchers from CSU Northridge and Moss Landing Marine Laboratories (SJSU) study how certain fish species can recover their populations at different rates when fishing is eliminated inside Marine Protected Areas (MAP). Particularly, how sex-changing species of fish, such as the California Sheephead, can recover faster than fixed-sex species.
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