In summer 2013, the Vantuna Research Group conducted otter trawl surveys of the soft-bottom marine habitats in southern California.
Photos from the Bight '08 trip
More about the Bight program
The Southern California Bight Regional Monitoring Program is currently conducted in five-year cycles and has involved over 100 different stakeholder organizations. This program has been useful in monitoring trends over time, as well as establishing regional reference conditions, developing new environmental assessment tools, standardizing data collection approaches in southern California, and providing a support network for special studies. The Bight '13 survey will examine five major research areas including: Coastal Impact Assessment (sediment condition), Nutrients (water column condition), Beach Quality (microbiological condition), Marine Protected Areas (rocky reef condition), and Trash and Debris (especially plastics).
This survey is conducted every five years to study the soft-bottom fishes of the Southern California Bight. The purpose of the study is to see if the fish and invertebrate assemblages (and potentially pathogens and parasites) are changing over time in response to pollution.