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The New York Times, as part of the Mark Bittman "California Matters" series, posted a video exploring a science-industry partnership to monitor ocean acidification and water quality in Tomales Bay.
What do Great White shark sightings near Santa Cruz, a toxic algae bloom from Santa Barbara to Seattle and the collapse of the salmon fishery have in common? They might all trace to a persistent blob of warm water that has been clinging to the west coast since last year, according to research conducted by NOAA and others.

CDPH updates health advisory to warn consumers not to eat the following from Monterey, Santa Cruz and Santa Barbara counties:

- recreationally harvested mussels and clams
- commercially or recreationally caught anchovy and sardines
- commercially or recreationally caught crabs

West Coast Ocean Acidification and Hypoxia Science Panel publishes article describing potential management actions and science needs for addressing local acidification.

On June 1 the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) issued a Health Advisory due to elevated levels of domoic acid in the Santa Cruz and Monterey region. This advisory warns consumers not to eat recreationally harvested mussels and clams, commercially or recreationally caught anchovy and sardines, or the internal organs of commercially or recreationally caught crab taken from Monterey and... READ MORE

On Tuesday May 19, a ruptured pipeline caused thousands of gallons of crude oil to be released into the ocean along the Santa Barbara coast near Refugio State Beach. As the clean up continues, state and federal emergency responders rely on data from California ocean observing systems.

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The California ROMS model has recently been added to the USCG Search and Rescue Optimal Planning System (SAROPS). The information provided by the model is now directly integrated into the SAROPS dashboard and will be used as a tool to aid in search and rescue efforts.
2014 was an oddly hot year in California both on land and in the ocean. Learn more about last year's unusual weather and what caused it in this video presentation by Nate Mantua of NOAA's Southwest Fisheries Science Center. READ MORE
Our new Harmful Algal Bloom predictions are now available in the data portal. New visualization capabilities include the ability to zoom to an area of interest and the option to get a time series record of HAB probabilities at any point in the nowcast field. Check it out!

NOAA’s Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS) intends to support eleven Regional Associations to operate ocean observing systems during the five year period 2016-2021.  Like the previous five-year award, the IOOS FFO presents a great opportunity for our region to develop and maintain observing systems and conduct science that supports people and decision-making.  The 2011-...

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