Two consecutive years of warm water conditions and unprecedented numbers of purple urchins on the north coast have contributed to the lack of kelp in 2014 and 2015. Subsurface temperatures (at 30-feet) in the kelp forests in Mendocino County hit a record high in the Fall of 2014, and saw comparable temperatures in 2015. These spikes in temperature were caused by the “Warm Blob” in 2014, coupled with the strong El Niño conditions in 2015. Warm water, and diminished nutrients associated with warm water, stresses the kelp and makes it more vulnerable to urchin grazing.
A Message from New CeNCOOS Director, David Anderson:
CeNCOOS Winter Meeting January 20 and 21 in Santa Cruz
CeNCOOS 2015 Elections
New CeNCOOS Website!
CeNCOOS & GCOOS Collaborate on Marine Biodiversity Pilot Project
Ocean Acidification Data Portal Debuts
CalPoly Hires a New Physical Oceanographer
Mariners and the public on the West Coast can now use an iPad™ and iPhone™ to help decrease the risk to whales from ship strikes. Whale Alert, a free app, has been updated to provide mariners in the Pacific with the most current information available about whale movements and conservation initiatives. Help protect whales by using the app. Visit the Whale Alert website to learn more.