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**Please note that as of July 31st 2008, the CIMT website will no longer be updated. The Center for Integrated Marine Technologies (CIMT) has been a non-operational program since 8-1-2007 and as of 7-31-2008 the program will be ending. We hope that you will find this static page a useful reference of the many ocean observing activities that have occurred over the past six years.


Outreach Activities (Please fill out end user survey)

The goal of CIMT outreach is to develop strong linkages between the CIMT researchers and product end users by improving upon the dissemination of data sets and the creation of effective research and education tools. The outreach coordinator helps identify the best mode of dissemination of CIMT information based on relationships built with end users.

The main components of CIMT outreach include:

  • Identification of public, governmental and academic end users
  • Development of relevant data products and visualizations for identified end users
  • Coordination of CIMT outreach activities with those of CeNCOOS
  • Increasing awareness of IOOS data products in the general public.

Check it out!

If you are interested in finding out more information about the current state of the ocean, please check out the following links for articles about specific events that are affecting the California coastline.


- Tiny Drifters, Basic and Beautiful Exhibit: Phytoplankton Exhibit designed, created, and put together with the help of CIMT researchers and staff, will be showing at the Seymour Marine Discovery Center through November 30th, 2008

- Phytoplankton Online Database

An online library created to help provide information about phytoplankton species that are found in the waters along California, Oregon, and Washington.
Click here to check it out!

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- Phytoplankton Weekly Sample Blog

There is a lot of phytoplankton - tiny ocean drifters - excitement in Monterey Bay, that we thought we would start a phytoplankton blog. Phytoplankton information is collected by a graduate student weekly in Santa Cruz. Click here to visit the blog.


- CeNCOOS Fact Sheets (PDF's may take a moment to download)

1. Animals as Ocean Sensors [click here]
2. Surface Current Mapping Along Central and Northern California Coast [click here]


- CeNCOOS Success Articles

1. OceanObs: The CeNCOOS Online Database for Ocean Observing [click here]
2. Red Tide Response: Ocean Observations Benefit Local Abalone Industry [click here]
3. Interactive Geographic Information System (GIS) [click here]


November 2007 - Redtide Event in the Monterey Bay

Local scientists, Raphe Kudela (UCSC), Mary Silver (UCSC) and Jason Smith (MLML), have been testing the Monterey Bay waters for organisms associated with the recent red tide events.  On November 14, 2007, none of the scientists detected a red tide of the dinoflagellate, Cochlodinium, in Monterey Bay. Since the beginning of September, Monterey Bay has seen a number of red tides.  Each of these red tides was dominated by a type of dinoflagellate, but not necessarily the same dinoflagellate and are, therefore, different events. The most recent red tide was dominated by non-harmful organisms, primarily Akashiwo sanguinea and Ceratium species, both found within the dinoflagellate group. Dinoflagellates are a large group of flagellate protists, meaning they have one or more whip-like organelles called flagella. About half of all dinoflagellates are photosynthetic.

There are currently very low or no concentrations of Cochlodinium, which can cause fish and shellfish kills (but is not toxic to humans).  An early red tide event in September, dominated by Cochlodinium, did cause a major mortality event in shellfish, but was not reported by the media. However, there are no toxins associated with the current blooms. For further information Harmful Algal Bloom events, please reference:  These local scientists continue to monitor the waters and respond to media requests. Below is what both of these species look like in their home environment. This sample was taken from the Bay during the week of 11-12-07. (Movie clip takes a few minute to download).



To see what these species look like up close, check out the images below.

redtide event 2007


May 2007

  • Large blooms of toxic algae in Monterey Bay are affecting marine animals [more]
  • Expect more dead birds and sea lions to wash ashore [more]
  • Invasion of the salps, unusual zooplankton bloom highlights interannual variability [more]
  • Large blooms of toxic algae in Monterey Bay are affecting marine animals [more]
  • Harmful algal bloom research from the Caron Lab at the University of Southern California [more]
  • Mussel quarantine order effective April 20-October 31st 2007 [more]
  • Harmful Algal Bloom in California: Pseudo-nitzschia Spreads Along Coast Causing Massive Mortalities of Marine Life [more]
  • KSPB (San Diego) Radio Clip: Algae Bloom Threatens Sea Life Along California Coast [more]

April 2007

  • State health officer advises consumers not to eat some shellfish and viscera of sardines, anchovies, and crab from five southern California counties [more]
  • Annual quarantine of sport-harvested mussels in California takes effect early due to eleveated levels of domoic acid [more]
  • Algae Bloom Kills Wildlife Along California Coast [more]
  • Ocean toxin killing mammals and birds [more]



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