Title

Biogeography of the Southern California Channel Islands Lea Medeiros and Beth Young

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2003

Abstract

Since 2000, the Vantuna Research Group has been monitoring the nearshore fish populations off the Southern California Islands off Santa Barbara. On April 9, 2003, a series of federal marine reserves were established in this area. The VRG?s work in this area was used by the California Department of Fish and Game (CDFG) as baseline data for the establishment of these reserves. Currently, the VRG is working with the CDFG to establish a statewide monitoring program to evaluate these marine reserves as part of the Marine Life Protection Act (MLPA) and the evaluation of nearshore marine stocks for the Marine Life Management Act (MLMA). This study is also the first assessment of nearshore marine fishes of the Southern California islands.The VRG?s continued monitoring will provide information on the effectiveness of marine sanctuaries against the threats of over-fishing, increased pollution, oil drilling and increased boat traffic.

Advisor

D. Pondella II

Department

vrg

Support

Occidental College Undergraduate Research Center

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