Much of the data I collect is through collaborative fisheries research projects. In the summer of 2015, UC Santa Cruz, NOAA Fisheries and the Central Coast fishing community worked together to reduce post-release mortality of rockfish suffering from pressure trauma (barotrauma) by using descending devices to release fish at depth instead of at the surface. We conducted 7 catch-and-release charters from Fort Bragg to Morro Bay, California to test the efficiency of different types of descending devices at releasing fish at depth on-board recreational party boats with help from volunteer anglers. To see video and learn more about the project, please visit http://barotrauma.ucsc.edu.
Descending Device Outreach: Here is a video about our project to promote the use of descending devices in the recreational rockfish fishery. Learn how to successfully release rockfish and hear what anglers and captains have to say about the project!
Rockfish Conservation Area: From 2012-2014, I participated in a project to assess the effectiveness of the Rockfish Conservation Area 10 years post-closure. This research was in collaboration with NOAA Fisheries, Moss Landing Marine Labs, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, the Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary and the Central California recreational fishing community.