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2009-07-11 07:40:00

All along the California coast, stretching from Los Angeles to San Francisco, a species of rapidly-growing sea kelp from Japan has begun taking over the coastline and spreading quicker than authorities can contain it. The aggressive seaweed, known to scientists as Undaria pinnatifida, was first detected in the area in May when a local biologist noticed the marine plant clinging to piers and boats in a San Francisco Bay yacht harbor. "I was walking in San Francisco Marina, and that's when I...

2009-03-03 16:00:00

Penguins, fish, sharks and more now on hospital's PackardVisionsystem PALO ALTO, Calif., March 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Bedtime Bingo. The Forever Young Zone. Special movie nights. Just a few of the reasons Lucile Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford is known for its extraordinarily kid-friendly environment. Now, with the launch of a "live" video channel devoted to the world-famous Monterey Bay Aquarium, the hospital is offering kids and their families a Northern California first. Through the...

2008-11-10 15:00:12

Southern California Edison (SCE) today announced completion of the largest environmental project of its kind in the United States - a 175-acre artificial giant kelp reef off the coast here. With the placement of 120,000 tons of rock on the ocean floor, the project is expected to produce the nation's first sustainable artificial kelp forest attracting many species of coastal fish and invertebrates dependent on such underwater habitats for shelter and food. "This reef project is a blueprint...

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2008-10-06 10:10:00

Eagles shift their diet from aquatic marine animals to birds Sea otters are known as a keystone species, filling such an important niche in ocean communities that without them, entire ecosystems can collapse. Scientists are finding, however, that sea otters can have even farther-reaching effects that extend to terrestrial communities and alter the behavior of another top predator: the bald eagle. In nearshore marine communities, towering kelp can reach heights of 250 feet and function much...

2008-08-06 15:00:27

As you report (BusinessDay, July 26-27), who should control fisheries isn't simple. Economically, rational fisheries management doesn't always equal sustainable use and would seldom equal sustainable management of the ecosystem those fish live in. For many fish that are slow-breeding, long-lived and in deep water, mining of the resource makes economic sense. Profits can then go into other businesses or mining of new fish stocks. And even where sustainable use makes sense economically, the...

2008-08-03 03:00:13

By Clark, Brett Clausen, Rebecca The world ocean covers approximately 70 percent of the earth. It has been an integral part of human history, providing food and ecological services. Yet conservation efforts and concerns with environmental degradation have mostly focused on terrestrial issues. Marine scientists and oceanographers have recently made remarkable discoveries in regard to the intricacies of marine food webs and the richness of oceanic biodiversity. However, the excitement over...

2008-02-16 14:24:50

Hunted to near extinction, sea otters are making a steady comeback along the Pacific coast. Their reintroduction, however, is expected to reduce the numbers of several key species of commercially valuable shellfish dramatically, such as sea urchins and geoducks. Despite of this potential conflict, Kai Chan, an NSERC-funded researcher at the University of British Columbia, believes there is a way to ensure Canadian First Nations fishers can benefit from the otters' presence. "Efforts to...


Latest Kelp forest Reference Libraries

Bocaccio, Sebastes paucispinis
2013-10-22 10:58:24

The Bocaccio (Sebastes paucispinis) is a member of the Sebastidae rockfish family. Other names regarding this species include the Salmon Grouper, Grouper, Tom Cod referring to juveniles, and Slimy. In Greek, sebastes means “magnificent” and paucispinis is Latin for “few spines”. These fish can be found from Stepovak Bay, Alaska to central Baja California, but is mostly abundant from Oregon to the northern part of Baja California. They have been seen from a variety of depths from...

Kelp Forest
2013-04-19 19:29:03

Kelp forests are areas that are underwater with a high density of kelp. They’re recognized as one of the most dynamic and productive ecosystems on Earth. Smaller regions of anchored kelp are known as kelp beds. Kelp forests can be found worldwide throughout polar and temperate coastal oceans. In the year 2007, kelp forests were discovered in tropical waters near Ecuador as well. While they are physically formed by brown macroalgae of the order Laminariales, kelp forests offer a unique...

Horn Shark, Heterodontus francisci
2009-01-20 20:37:50

The Horn Shark (Heterodontus francisci) is a species of bullhead shark that ranges from central California to the Gulf of California, Mexico, and possibly Ecuador and Peru. Its habitat includes rocky reefs, kelp beds, sand flats, crevices, and caverns at depths from 7 to 490 feet. It is mostly nocturnal and is rather sluggish in the daytime. The adult can reach a length of 4 feet and weigh about 22 pounds. It is brown with black spots. If harassed it may bite. It has poisonous spines on...

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2007-01-23 14:07:41

The sea otter (Enhydra lutris) is a large otter native to the North Pacific, from northern Japan and Kamchatka east across the Aleutian Islands south to California. The heaviest of the otters, sea otters are the only species within the genus Enhydra. They were hunted extensively for their luxurious fur. Its estimated that a half million to a million otters were killed over time. The population is thought to have been 150,000 to 300,000 historically before the years of the great hunt....

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