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After a number of years of successfully leading Los Angeles Waterkeeper, project coordinator Brian Meux is leaving for a position with NOAA. That leaves a vacancy that needs filling ASAP as “a full time coordinator to join our team in conducting field work, administration, outreach, and public education.”
• Leading and participating in at least two restoration dive trips per week
• Recruiting and training volunteers for participation in the Kelp Project
• Scheduling and coordinating volunteers for field days, aiming for up to 5 volunteers per day
• Research vessel piloting and operation, including navigation from Marina del Rey to the Palos Verdes Peninsula
• AAUS dive team leader, supervising and motivating divers to accomplish restoration and monitoring objectives
• This position includes full Divemaster responsibilities on field days, including diver safety, buddy system, dive logs, etc.
• Work with AAUS dive program Dive Safety Officer (DSO) to ensure safe practices and volunteers maintain current AAUS diver status
• Maintaining diver files and guiding volunteers through completion of AAUS requirements
The full job description and contact information is
As an aside, I met Brian during the first training for California Reef Checkers. He wrote an article for this site that can be read here.
Posted as a courtesy only. Please do not contact me about this position–Dida
Reef Check is searching for a Central Coast Regional Manager for Reef Check’s California program. After working for 8 years, growing the program and building up the volunteer community in the central coast, our long-term Regional Manager, Megan Wehrenberg, is leaving Reef Check in the fall to sail around the world. Reef Check is looking for someone to join the team and to continue her great work and make their own contributions.
The ideal candidate will have detailed knowledge of the coastal rocky reef ecosystem in California, good taxonomic skills, the ability to communicate clearly and effectively with recreational divers and academic researchers. We are looking for someone with experience as a dive leader – certification as Instructor and experience in the Reef Check monitoring protocol will be an advantage. We require someone who is an outstanding leader and able to inspire volunteers and at the same time has the required background in marine ecology. The candidate must be organized, capable of working independently and have excellent oral and written communication skills.
See the job announcement here.
Posted as a courtesy only. Please do not contact me about this project.—Dida
Okay, so how many giant sea bass are there in southern California?
What It Is
Giant sea bass (we still like to call them black sea bass), Stereolepis gigas, were almost fished out nearly 50 years ago in southern California. While they are now starting to make a comeback, we don’t know how many of them there are in southern California. The Great Giant Sea Bass Count is one way to estimate the minimum number of these fish in our waters and is an important part of a joint research project between researchers at the University of California, Santa Barbara and California State University, Northridge to learn more about giant sea bass populations.
When It Takes Place
1– 7 August.
What to Do
1) Dive any location in southern California – reefs, oil platforms, shipwrecks, breakwaters, submarine canyons, sand flats, islands, mainland, shallow water, deep water – we don’t care.
2) Each dive can be for as long as you want – there is no minimum or maximum time.
3) On each dive avoid covering the same sea floor twice – so you don’t count the same fish twice.
4) For every dive record the following:
A) Date and start time
B) Location: include latitude and longitude of your dive site—this is important data; if you can’t provide this, the name of the dive site and/or your bearing from a distinct coastal landmark will be useful.
C. The number of giant sea bass and each fish’s length.
C) Bottom depth.
D) Habitat type:
a. All or mostly rocks or other hard material or all or mostly sand
b. Lots, some, or no vegetation (kelp, sea grass etc.).
5) IMPORTANT: If you don’t see any giant sea bass that is okay, please let us know that. Zeros are important information for science.
6) Register for the count and learn more by liking our Giant Sea Bass Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/giantseabass.
Specific Questions Regarding the Survey?
Query Milton Love: email@example.com
Some Information About Giant Sea Bass
Love, M. Certainly More Than You Want to Know About the Fishes of the
Pacific Coast. Really Big Press.
How to Report
Send your findings to Milton Love: firstname.lastname@example.org
or snailmail to:
Milton Love, Marine Science Institute, University of
California, Santa Barbara,