GIANT KELP RESTORATION
This project is aimed as a long term case study to monitor kelp beds and objectively visualize the impacts of efforts to remove purple sea urchin barrens to better preserve our kelp. Giant Kelp is responsible for the proliferation of many species as it provides them with shelter and food.
*All Project Kolika volunteers and team members participating in urchin removals have the required fishing licenses.
MAKO AND BLUE SHARK RESEARCH
Our main goal for our shark research is to have our findings aid in the conservation of our local mako and blue shark species. We are aiming to discover a non-invasive shark deterrent to better conserve their numbers and avoid fisheries by-catch. It could potentially be used for beach safety, as well. Additionally, we hope to discover something previously not known about our Pacific Short-Fin Mako species, through tagging innovations.
PINNIPED MONITORING PROGRAM
Project Kolika conducts bi-monthly behavioral analyses on pinniped populations in San Diego, CA. We hope to better inform the City of San Diego when it comes to decision making in regards to the well-fare of our local pinniped colonies and people, alike.
This citizen science initiative is a collaboration between Project Kolika and Dr. David Witting, Sr. Fish Biologist at the NOAA Restoration Center and lead researcher on this abalone conservation project; William Hagey; and Oriana Poindexter of Pelagic Projects. By conducting surveys of our local rocky reefs for species of abalone, we aid Dr. Witting and his team in assessing San Diego's abalone population and their condition.
EDUCATIONAL OUTREACH PROGRAM
Focusing on shark safety and shark ecology, we hope to better educate the public and steer them away from falsified and fear-mongering media. With education, people can make better informed decisions when it comes to ocean conservation. From school groups to junior lifeguards, we love inspiring the next generation of do-ers and go-getters.