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Crystal Cove Marine Conservation Area Science Monitoring

Cite this dataset

Crystal Cove, Conservancy (2019). Crystal Cove Marine Conservation Area Science Monitoring [Dataset]. Dryad.


Crystal Cove Conservancy operates the Crystal Cove Marine Protected Area Science Cruise in partnership with Newport Landing Sportfishing.  Under the supervision of trained Crystal Cove Conservancy staff, junior high school and high school students collect data on fish and plankton biodiversity and nearshore water quality in the Crystal Cove Marine Conservation Area, following protocols designed in partnership with UCI and other researchers. See README file for more detailed information.

“Data made available in the OC Data Portal in partnership with UCI Libraries”


Contact Crystal Cove Conservancy for detailed protocols.

Fish biodiversity: Used an underwater camera to perform a vertical transect within the kelp forest or rocky reef to look for presence or absence of 6 key fish species. Videos available upon request.

Plankton biodiversity: Used 3 plankton nets to perform a surface horizontal tow and identified presence or absence of 9 key species using a microscope.

Water Quality: Used Van Dorn bottles to collect water from the surface to 14 meters in two meter intervals. Tested for temperature, salinity and pH.


SW 33.55402, -117.877293
NW 33.589527, -117.820001