Predicting changes in structure and function of ecosystems requires large-scale and long-term studies. We integrated kelp forest data from 469 sites/373 species spanning Alaska, USA, to Baja California, Mexico.
Results from a recent publication suggest that coastal communities that are dependent on kelp forests will be more impacted in the southern portion of the California Current region, highlighting the urgency of implementing adaptive strategies to sustain livelihoods and ensure food security.
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Some sustainable fisheries in northwest Mexico have been collectively developed and implemented by fishers, NGOs, academia, and government. This allows the users to be involved in the decision making, using the best available science, and regulations to be appropriate. This management strategies might make this socioecological systems more resilient to climate change.
They explored how sea urchin quality could be quantified and used to predict fishermen’s behavior. She and her colleagues found that understanding the local dynamics of this fished resource can make management strategy evaluation and planning more effective. The findings appear in the journal PLoS ONE.
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The red sea urchin is one of the most highly valued coastal fisheries in California.
The Tijuana River Valley Historical Investigation Report is out. It highlights the changes the Tijuana River Valley has gone trough since the mid 1800s. It presents a historical perspective on how the valleys ecosystems used to function, which will help managers steer restoration and management efforts.
“The San Diego Foundation recently awarded a grant of $39,743 to TRNERR and SWIA to study some of the effects of climate change in the Tijuana Estuary. This grant was one of three to fund studies on climate change research.”
“The estuary is part of a system of 28 living laboratories set on the coastline funded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration,” said reserve manager Chris Peregrin during the opening ceremony.