Abundant Sea Life Found at Channel Islands Marine Protected Areas

Ventura, CA — The positive effects on sea life observed at the Channel
Islands after ten years of protection through marine protected areas
(MPAs) will be discussed by Dr. Jennifer Caselle during the April From
Shore to Sea lecture.

In 2013 California established MPA’s around the Channel Islands to
help restore biodiversity and ecosystem health by protecting local
marine life and habitats. Caselle designed and managed a monitoring
program of kelp forests to gauge the success of these MPAs.

Caselle will describe how the no harvest MPAs appear to be fulfilling
their role as refuges for many fish and invertebrate species. Results
from the first decade of monitoring at the Channel Islands show that
these protected areas foster more abundance and bigger fish than areas
outside the MPAs. This provides a window into the ecological
improvements that, over time, could also be seen throughout the
statewide MPA network in California.

Caselle received a PhD in marine ecology in 1997 from the University
of California, Santa Barbara and is currently a research biologist at
the university’s Marine Science Institute. She is also a principal
investigator for the Partnership for Interdisciplinary Studies of
Coastal Oceans (PISCO). Her research is broadly focused on marine
conservation and reef ecology.

The talk will be held on Thursday, April 9, 2015. The From Shore to
Sea lecture series is sponsored by Channel Islands National Park to
further the understanding of current research on the Channel Islands
and surrounding marine waters. The lectures occur at 7:00 pm on the
second Thursday of March, April, May, September, October, and November
at the Channel Islands National Park Robert J. Lagomarsino Visitor
Center, 1901 Spinnaker Drive in Ventura Harbor. The programs are free
and open to the public.

This lecture can also be viewed live online at:

Lectures are recorded and posted at:


Yvonne Menard, 805-658-5725

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