Inside This Issue
- October Activities
- Visits with AltaSea and Catalina Sea Ranch
- California Ocean Observing Joint Strategic Advisory Committee (JSAC) Meeting Update
- IOOS Association Fall Regional Meeting Update
- Water Quality at the Border, IBWC Update
- Program Profiles – Story Maps and SCCOOS Progress Reports
- Dataset of Frontal Frequency available for the California Current Region
- CA Dept. of Public Health Warn to Not Eat Lobsters Caught in Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties
1. October Activities
2. Visits with AltaSea and Catalina Sea Ranch
Our latest visit with AltaSea and Catalina Sea Ranch included time brainstorming ideas about strategic collaborations, business and education development at the Port of Los Angeles, and the challenges and hallmarks of starting the first aquafarm in federal waters. Special thanks to Dr. Sandra Whitehouse (AltaSea), Phil Cruver and Kelly Stromberg (Catalina Sea Ranch) for hosting. The picture inserted is a NOMAD Buoy, procured by US IOOS in support of CSR’s offshore ocean monitoring program.
3. California Ocean Observing Joint Strategic Advisory Committee (JSAC) Meeting Update
On October 4th NAVAIR, Pt. Mugu hosted our annual JSAC meeting. Our JSAC are comprised of statewide members from both SCCOOS and the Central and Northern California Ocean Observing System (CeNCOOS), and provide insight and user perspective on technical, market, legislative, and political matters affecting SCCOOS. The JSAC provides a mechanism for SCCOOS to broaden its expertise within the four IOOS focus areas.
Special thanks to Robi Garcia, Steve Duboyce, Valerie Vartanian, Phyllis Thrower, John Gurka, Bill Cunneen and the NAVAIR Team for being the most gracious of hosts. Our meeting follow up is on the SCCOOS site, and the pictures below are also posted on our Facebook page.
4. IOOS Association Fall Regional Meeting Update
The IOOS Association, Executive Directors of the IOOS Regional Associations, and representatives from the IOOS Program office met September 26 & 27 in Seattle, WA. The meeting’s agenda included a discussion on implementation of a mooring strategy, filling gaps in observing infrastructure, modeling needs, and engagement with industry, ACT and IOOS regions. The attendees also provided feedback on the current draft of the U.S. IOOS Enterprise Strategic Plan (2018-22). Attendees received program office updates from the IOOS director, Carl Gouldman, and proposed ideas to improve NOAA's hurricane preparedness and response by leveraging regional assets and capabilities.
5. Water Quality at the Border, IBWC Update
The US/Mexico International Boundary and Water Commissions mission is to provide binational solutions to issues regarding boundary demarcation, national ownership of waters, sanitation, water quality and flood control in the border region. Recently, they released their spill investigation regarding the Feb 2017 sewer collapse that the diversion of untreated sewage to the Tijuana River. Their newsletter highlights recommendations, developments and the current status of the spill to identify deficiencies that led to this event and the potential solutions to prevent this from happening in the future.
6. Program Profiles – Story Maps and SCCOOS Progress Reports
SCCOOS recently posted their Story Maps to help share our ocean observing story. Esri Story Maps are web applications that combine maps, text and multimedia to tell a story.
The IOOS program office is required to evaluate its funded activities in accordance with the law, Dept. of Commerce Policy and NOAA policy. SCCOOS submits two progress reports per year, in June and December. As well as a final report after the close of a 5-year award. You can now find those reports on our site, and view all the ocean observing activities that SCCOOS supports.
7. Dataset of Frontal Frequqncy Available for the California Current Region
Mati Kahru has produced a dataset of satellite-derived sea-surface fronts in the California Current region using images of Sea-Surface Temperature (SST) and Chlorophyll-a concentration (Chla). Any interested in this dataset can contact Mati, he can also help extract subsets or do statistics for selected areas. Mati is also interested in getting help in automated pattern detection and feature extraction.
8. CA Dept. of Public Health Warn to Not Eat Lobsters Caught in Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties
Dangerous levels of Domoic Acid, a naturally occurring toxin, have been detected in lobsters near Santa Cruz Island in Santa Barbara County and Anacapa Island in Ventura County, which led to a commercial spiny lobster closure. The recreational fishery remains open statewide. For more info call the shellfish Information hotline (800) 553.4133 or visit the Domoic Acid webpage.