State of the Ocean

Despite the warm summer and fall of 2017, we are observing productive conditions this year, with strong and early upwelling of cool, nutrient rich water.  These data can be seen via our ocean-climate indicator MOCI or at the Bodega Marine Lab Ocean Observation site.  Concurrently, improved biological productivity is also being observed: During the 2018 National Marine Fisheries Service Juvenile Rockfish Ecosystem Survey cruise (May-June), a high abundance of anchovy and krill (see picture below!) were observed throughout central California, and on Alcatraz Island in San Francisco Bay there are record numbers (~1,900) of breeding pairs of Brandt's cormorants.