Principal Investigators: Ryan Freedman and Chris Caldow
Collaborator: Dr. Chris Lowe (CSULB)
Facility: NOAA, Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary
Study: West Coast Observations
Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary (CINMS) staff have deployed VR2W acoustic monitoring receivers around the Channel Islands as a part of the West Coast Observation Project since 2011. In 2014, CINMS worked with regional partners, including the University of California Santa Barbara (UCSB), California State University Channel Islands (CSUCI), NOAA’s Southwest Fisheries Science Center (SWFSC), and California State University Long Beach (CSULB), to use this technology to expand its capacity to study the movements of fish species around the islands. CINMS has detected various species from projects by regional partners located up and down the West Coast, including White Sharks (Carcharodon carcharias), Shovelnose Guitarfish (Rhinobatus productus), Sevengill Sharks (Notorynchus cepedianus), and Soupfin (Tope) Sharks (Galeorhinus galeus). Animals detected around the Channel Islands and in the Santa Barbara Channel reveal interesting migrations within the Southern California Bight, as far south as La Jolla, and north to Monterey Bay NMS and Gulf of Farallones NMS. Looking forward, CINMS will continue to work with NOAA’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries (ONMS) headquarters to strengthen regional partnerships, launch acoustic telemetry projects around the Channel Islands and participate in SCATTN.
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