How urchin ranching can help kelp

Students in the Spring Aquaculture class at Moss Landing Marine Labs worked together to test whether sea urchins removed from barrens could be used for food. The class was led by California Sea Grant Extension Specialist Luke Gardner and the diet-experiment lasted 10 weeks. The class built the culture system from the ground up and got an unforgettable hands-on learning experience.
"This class experiment gave a group of novice aquaculturists a chance to raise marine organisms and demonstrate how aquaculture can benefit nearshore ecosystems," wrote Helaina Lindsey in her blog post on California Sea Grant's website regarding the experiment.
To learn more, you can read Helaina's full article here.

Dr. Luke Gardner gives insight on how seaweed aquaculture can change our oceans

"Native seaweed has the potential to be cultivated in California coastal waters and used to alleviate the effects of local ocean acidification, according to a new study funded by California Sea Grant. Besides providing a local and sustainable source of food, researchers and aquaculture producers are exploring how seaweed production may benefit its surrounding environment."
A recent article posted on California Sea Grant's blog details exciting research linking local seaweed aquaculture with the reduction of ocean acidification and pollution. MLML's resident aquaculture specialist, Luke Gardner, was quoted in the article describing how this new area of research is important for ecosystem health.

“A growing body of scientific research indicates seaweed aquaculture can provide ecosystem services that contribute to the reduction of local ocean acidification and assist with pollution remediation,” said California Sea Grant Aquaculture Specialist and Scripps Institution of Oceanography/Moss Landing Marine Laboratories researcher Luke Gardner."

To learn more about this research, read the full article here.

MLML Research Faculty Receive Competitive OPC Grants

Two MLML researchers have received grants from the California Ocean Protection Council (OPC) through the Proposition 84 Competitive Grants Program.

The research projects were selected through a competitive process based on criteria developed by OPC in alignment with its mission and priorities. California Sea Grant and the University of Southern California Sea Grant facilitated the review panel process and will administer project grants on behalf of OPC.

Read about Research Faculty Dr. Holly Bowers's project:

Advancing Portable Detection Capabilities of HAB Species in California Waters

 

Read about Research Faculty Dr. Luke Gardner's project:

Sea Feeds: Identification and culture of Californian marine macroalgae capable of reducing greenhouse gas production from ruminant livestock

MLML Welcomes Dr. Luke Gardner, New California Sea Grant Extension Specialist

MLML is excited to welcome Dr. Luke Gardener to the MLML community!  Luke is the new California Sea Grant Extension Specialist.  Along with his statewide responsibilities for the California Sea Grant, Dr. Gardner will spend his time at MLML teaching aquaculture courses, mentoring our graduate students, and conducting his own research.

Read the California Sea Grant press release here, which includes a quote from our phycologist, Dr. Michael Graham:

Dr. Gardner’s appointment to the Sea Grant Extension Specialist position and his residency at MLML validates the importance of the aquaculture industry to the citizens of California, and the important role academics and research play in developing the industry in a sustainable fashion. We are thrilled to have Luke joining our program.