Sea Stars, Urchins and Kelp Forests at Fort RossLatest update November 2, 2018 Started on June 5, 2018
We will be using the Trident to monitor our unique intertidal zone here at Fort Ross including our kelp forest, sea stars, urchin populations, California & Steller Sea Lions and eel grass surveys; data and video footage will be integrated into our social media and outdoor youth environmental education experience - FRC's Marine Ecology Program.
On Oct 29th, 2018 a small group of us from different organizations and agencies met at the Bodega Bay Marine Lab to meet our Sonoma County MPA Collaborative Trident mini ROV's and learn how to maneuver them.
This was the first step toward getting little Cousteau (my proposed name for the Trident) out in the waters of Fort Ross and Salt Point State Parks to compare and monitor our struggling kelp forests, urchin barrens and abalone populations.
I can see I will have to take up gaming to practice my hand/eye coordination!
- Song Hunter (Director of Programs, Fort Ross Conservancy)
Over the last few years we have seen drastic changes along our coasts, from new species in the intertidal zone-never before seen along our shores to vast urchin barrens and the mass starvation and die-off of our abalone. We hope to be able to monitor these changes more closely with the Trident, relaying any and all data that could potentially help this delicate ecosystem to the appropriate agencies.
We plan to incorporate all the data and footage gathered by the Trident into our youth education experience - FRC's Marine Ecology Program.
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