The Vantuna Research Group has been conducting estuarine surveys in southern California for over a decade. Projects have been funded by the Port of San Diego, Port of Los Angeles, Port of Long Beach and Occidental College.
Current projects include:
(Funded by The Port of Los Angeles and Long Beach)
(Funded by Occidental College)
Each fall semester as a part of Occidental Biology Course BIO260 - Biodiversity of Marine Ecosystems, students conduct beach seine surveys in several estuarine and open coastline sites in the Southern California area. Sites surveyed have ranged from Crystal Cove in Malibu to the Port of Los Angeles. The survey data is then compiled and analyzed for undergraduate independent research projects.
(funded by the Port of San Diego)
The VRG has surveyed the estuarine fishes of San Diego Bay in 2005, 2008, 2009 and 2012 for the Port of San Diego. The goals of the current study were to update the previous study and address the following objectives:
- Identify, determine and quantify the utilization of the fishery populations in San Diego Bay
Identify habitats that support juvenile fish species and describe nursery utilization
Determine geographic and/or habitat areas of San Diego Bay that support significant populations of fish species utilized as forage by endangered avian species
To adequately assess the status of all components of the ichthyofauna of the San Diego Bay, four Ecoregions of San Diego Bay including North, North-Central, South-Central, and South were sampled and inventoried. Reports include data on fish species composition and abundance, including species diversity and abundance by bay Ecoregion, ecological importance of species, nursery area function, fish assemblage structure, water quality parameters, fish density and biomass estimates.
- Vantuna Research Group:
1600 Campus Road
Los Angeles, CA 90041
- Phone: (323) 259-2955
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