The California Department of Fish and Wildlife has released the report resulting from a two-year evaluation of its Ocean Resources Enhancement and Hatchery Program (OREHP). The effort was coordinated by California Sea Grant and utilized a nine-member, scientific advisory committee. Additional background on the program and a direct link to its evaluation can be found here.
The Nature Conservancy (TNC) is working with Hog Island Oyster Company and the University of California Santa Cruz to assess the interactions between oyster aquaculture and eelgrass in Tomales Bay, California. The use of drones may help with these studies, and the validation of such aerial surveys could be highly valuable in both their perspective and economy (as this approach could be much less expensive than conventional side-scan sonar or diver-based methods). This TNC-produced video captures the study site and plan beautifully. The Tomales Bay studies are just beginning, so stay tuned to further developments and discussion.
Dr. Mark Clifford, statewide environmental program manager for trout and salmon production, has shared this announcement, inviting qualified applicants to state service in the Department’s fish hatchery system:
The following exams are now being offered to qualify for positions working with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. Specifically we are looking for exceptional candidates for our Statewide Hatchery Coordinator position and for positions as Fish and Wildlife Technicians at both inland and anadromous hatcheries.
Click here to learn about the Senior Environmental Scientist (specialist) series that is the classification for our Statewide Hatchery Coordinator. The Statewide Hatchery Coordinator position will be filled in coming months and candidates must be on the eligible list by taking the exam. The exam is a self-appraisal performed on the CalCareers website. Click here if you are new to California state service. For questions on this position, contact Dr. Mark Clifford at 530-918-9450 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Click here to learn about the Fish and Wildlife Technician series that is the classification for our non-managerial hatchery staff. To apply in time for the next scheduled exam, you must submit a Standard State Application (Form 678), postmarked by the Final Filing Date of July 18, 2017. Click here if you are new to California state service.
Information on several careers with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife can be found here. Address any questions regarding these exams to the Human Resources Branch at (916) 653-8120.
“Perspectives on Marine Aquaculture in California and the U.S.” is a short film recently produced by the Seafood for the Future program and Long Beach Aquarium and can be viewed here. It features prominent scientists and experts on the topic and discusses aquaculture’s role in the global food supply, the state of domestic marine aquaculture, and its future in the US and California.
“It’s important to put aquaculture into the broader context of food”, says Dr. Steve Gaines, Dean of UC Santa Barbara’s Bren School of Environmental Science & Management. “It’s easy to focus on the negative impacts of one form of food production in terms of environmental impacts, without recognizing that allforms of food production have some negative impacts.” Dr. Gaines goes on to point out how important it is to look at how all of those food production methods compare to one another. Recent research analysis shows that aquaculture, done well using today’s current best practices, can exert the lowest environmental impacts of any form of food production on the planet. Continue reading →
Just in time for National Aquaculture Week, the Aquarium of the Pacific, Sea Grant, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) released the second report of their Offshore Aquaculture Workshop series. This workshop continues the conversation with Federal and State agencies about how to improve regulatory confidence in aquaculture operations. The workshop introduced a model as a possible tool for decision making, and includes information on animal health management, protected species concerns, and a summary of the permitting process.
Webcast speakers include Dr. Jerry Schubel, president and CEO, Aquarium of the Pacific; Dr. James Morris, marine ecologist, NOAA’s National Ocean Service and National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science; and Dr. Paul Olin, aquaculture specialist, California Sea Grant and the University of California, San Diego, Scripps Institution of Oceanography.
The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program, hosted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), is now offering competitive grants to qualified small businesses. This program aims to support innovation that tackles scientific problems and local opportunities that can lead to improving communities. Aquaculture projects are encouraged to apply, especially concepts that look at issues such as reproductive efficiency and health management, among others.
Phase 1 includes grants up to $100,000 for a duration of 8 months, and will be awarded to businesses in order to create conceptual designs at a small scale. Once this proof-of-concept has been created, SBIR will open Phase 2, which will award larger grants to winning concepts in order to implement the ideas. Since 1983, 200 grants have been awarded through the program. The due date to apply is October 6, 2016.