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Recovery and Demise in California’s Marine Protected Areas with Dirk Rosen of MARE


Deepsea video will showcase the health, biodiversity and the challenges down deep along our California Coast. Santa Barbara and the Channel Islands pioneered the implementation of networked Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) in 2003. A bold California conservation mandate eventually resulted in creation of a necklace of 124 networked reserves we have today, the largest such network in the world.

Marine Applied Research & Exploration (MARE), a non-profit, was formed to fill the knowledge gap in deep-sea ecosystems through deployment of remotely operated vehicles (ROVs). This presentation will discuss the collaborative work up and down the state, with the Department of Fish and Wildlife, deploying ROVs inside and outside MPAs to document change over time to fish and invertebrate populations.

So far the results are mostly promising.

Dirk Rosen is the founder and Executive Director of Marine Applied Research & Exploration. MARE is a nonprofit 501c3 organization, founded in 2003, whose mission is to apply science-based marine conservation efforts to help protect and restore the ocean’s invaluable, yet threatened resources. MARE fills the knowledge gap about deep-sea ecosystems by deploying remotely operated vehicle (ROV) technologies, and analyzing the information gathered. MARE has performed more than 2,700 km of visual surveys of California’s deep water.

Dirk is an ocean engineer with 30+ years of deepsea equipment design, build and operations experience with ROVs and manned submersibles. He’s led or co-led 37 deepsea expeditions assessing Marine Protected Areas (MPAs), characterizing National Marine Sanctuaries, performing fish stock assessments and evaluating impacts of wave power and fishing gear. Dirk and MARE have performed a California census of MPAs from Mexico to the Oregon border since 2003.

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Plumbing Workshop with Bill Edinger