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In the Lab with Sea Urchins

Sea urchin dissections help to assess the health and success of the Palos Verdes Kelp Forest Restoration project as well as the benefits provided to the commercial sea urchin fishery. Red sea urchin is one of the most important commercial fisheries in California, with a value ranging from $6-12 million annually. Urchins found in kelp forests are healthier and have larger gonads (Uni) than those found in barren areas. Kelp forest restoration reestablishes giant kelp in these barren areas, increasing the availability of high quality Uni to the local fishery as well as the diversity of species in this highly productive ecosystem.

We need your help in the lab for this important and fun study! Come prepared to get your hands dirty and learn first-hand how restoration directly impacts the ecological and economic values of kelp forests.

Thursday 11/30 2pm – 6pm. To volunteer, please use our Volunteer Contact Form.



The California Department of Fish and Wildlife released the Draft Environmental Impact Statement / Draft Environmental Impact Report (Draft EIS/EIR) for the Ballona Wetlands Restoration Project on Monday, September 25, 2017 at the following website:  To view the Notice of Availability (NOA), click here.



Coastal Research Institute Launches!

We are proud to announce the new Coastal Research Institute (CRI) at Loyola Marymount University (LMU)! Formed by The Bay Foundation and LMU’s Frank R. Seaver College of Science and Engineering—this new entity plans to engage LMU faculty, undergraduate and graduate students in hands-on approaches to research related to coastal resource management in Los Angeles. Many “environmental issues facing coastal Los Angeles are also shared by billions of people around the world,” says TBF Executive Director and CRI co-director Tom Ford. Issues include water quality and supply, coastal flooding, the protection and restoration of wildlife and ecosystems, coastal access, public health, fisheries, and education.

He adds that CRI’s opportunity to conduct applied work will provide “experience and the skills needed by LMU students to be ready to work for a global community.”

The institute will offer applied research studies, student internships (read about the 2017 summer interns’ work), and an annual proceedings titled Urban Coast.

The launch event featured keynote speaker Alexis Strauss, EPA Region 9 Acting Administrator, and a student poster session.

For full announcement, please click here.  To learn more about CRI, please visit

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WEBINAR: Dec. 12 @coastalresilience - 3 great presentations on natural #infrastructure adaptation projects along CA’s coast, inc. TBF's Melodie Grubbs talking about #SantaMonica #Beach #restoration Pilot 1 year old!…

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