At-sea seabird monitoring


Southern California

We conduct at-sea seabird monitoring seasonally on the CalCOFI cruise in the Southern California Bight. For each cruise, a seabird observer is stationed on the bridge of the ship and records the number and species of birds seen from the ship. The data software records the geographic position of the ship for each seabird observation. Initiated by other agencies, Farallon Institute has done the monitoring since 2008, and time series extend back to 1993. 

Central California

We also conduct at-sea seabird monitoring annually on the NOAA juvenile rockfish cruise off the central California coast. Time series extend back to 1996, and FI observers have done the monitoring since 2008. Survey methods are the same as for the Southern California monitoring.

Photo copyright by Ron LeValley.

Photo copyright by Ron LeValley.