With our on-site data collection cancelled for amidst the COVID-19 outbreak, Crystal Cove Conservancy and Crystal Cove State Park want to give you the opportunity to contribute meaningful data to our ongoing monitoring projects!

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Since we currently cannot take students out to help collect data, the data collected in the following pages is contributed by Crystal Cove Conservancy for our Virtual MPA Exploration. You can contribute to the following monitoring projects by clicking on the links provided….. more words and things.

This is an ongoing monitoring project. New data will be added to this webpage as it is collected.


Fish Monitoring Project

As a part of the fish monitoring project, Crystal Cove sends underwater video cameras on a vertical transect of the kelp forest to monitor the populations of six target fish species over time within the Crystal Cove State Marine Conservation Area.

By participating in this project, your task will be to help us identify the fish in these underwater videos, looking out for six key species in particular.  Your data will be added to our ongoing multi-year dataset, so that we can determine how the fish populations in the State Marine Conservation Area are changing over time.



Plankton Monitoring Project

As a part of the plankton monitoring project, Crystal Cove collects samples of zooplankton and phytoplankton by conducting a horizontal and a vertical tow. By using nets to collect these samples, participants can use microscope footage to monitor the populations of nine target plankton species over time within the Crystal Cove State Marine Conservation Area.

By participating in this project, your task will be to look through videos of these samples to help us identify the plankton species that we find.  Your data will be added to our ongoing multi-year dataset, so that we can determine how the plankton populations in the State Marine Conservation Area are changing over time.


Water Quality Monitoring Project

As a part of the water quality monitoring project, Crystal Cove collects samples of sea water at different depths that is analyzed by participants. By collecting these samples, participants can use scientific equipment to measure temperature, pH, salinity, and dissolved oxygen at different water sampling depths to determine if there is change within the water chemistry over time within the Crystal Cove State Marine Conservation Area.

By participating in this project, your task  will be to record the measurements for samples collected at different depths and determine if they are inside or outside the typical range for Crystal Cove. Your data will be added to our ongoing multi-year dataset, so that we can determine how the water chemistry in the State Marine Conservation Area are changing over time.

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