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The Scoop on Spillover: How Blue Parks are Bigger than Their Boundaries

Blog by: Allie Smith, Blue Parks Science Intern Featured Image: Hammerhead Shark by Shane Gross What we’ve seen in marine protected areas is promising: evidence that these reserves not only support the ecosystems within their boundaries, but also benefit surrounding marine and human communities. Though hard to quantify, the “spillover effect” has been documented in…

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A Blue Park in a Changing Climate: New studies explore the successes and challenges of managing the Channel Islands MPAs in the face of a warming ocean

By Eleri Griffiths, Blue Parks Intern Featured Image: The Channel Islands MPA network is located in the Southern California Bight off the coast of southern California. It covers over 3,800 km2 of coastal and ocean waters and includes seagrass beds, kelp forests and coral gardens. The islands’ sandy beaches and rock formations are home to…

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The Summer Ocean Party Makes a Splash

Thank you to everyone that supported our first-ever Summer Ocean Party with Marine Applied Research and Exploration (MARE) and Cordell Marine Sanctuary Foundation, the evening was a great success! The focus of the party was our long-standing work to stop bottom trawling and protect deep-sea corals and sponges. They are some of the oldest living animals…

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Deep-Sea Coral Expedition to California’s Channel Islands

Location, location, location! This axiom of the real estate world is perhaps even more true in the natural world. Finding the right environmental conditions for deep-sea corals and sponges to survive and thrive is a rare occurrence in the deep ocean. Marine biologists have discovered deep-sea coral ecosystems throughout the oceans from the tropics to…

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5 Reasons Seamounts Matter

Seamounts are underwater mountains that rise from the seabed. Because most of the world’s seafloor is a muddy plain, seamounts are special deep-sea features that support unique creatures. Seamounts can arise along mid-ocean ridges, as isolated landmarks, or as volcanoes in chains and clusters. Off California, several seamounts were ancient islands that only went under…

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