Sea Us Succeed
The flowing, high-quality seawater at the Bodega Marine Laboratory is often taken for granted by researchers, students, and the general public. However, many fish and invertebrates that spend their lives at the Bodega Marine Laboratory – for the sake of science, public education, and engagement – ultimately depend on the flow of quality seawater in their aquaria. At the heart of this seawater system is a little pump that is ready for retirement and replacement. This small, unassuming pump is one piece of machinery in a mass of metal that brings seawater into the lab…but its mission is critical. It brings life-sustaining seawater that surges through the lab to sustain vital projects.
This unassuming pump supports a breeding and research program for the critically endangered white abalone – a species that was all but lost through overharvesting. We outplace abalone bred at the lab back into the wild to restore their natural breeding grounds in Southern California that were lost decades ago.
The little pump also supports a purple urchin “ranch.” The ranch may hold the key to turning an overpopulation of urchins that decimate kelp forests into a profitable seafood business that restores kelp forests and creates jobs for fishermen along California’s rural northern coast.
But the pump doesn’t just support research: it is essential for our teaching. The Bodega Marine Laboratory and Bodega Marine Reserve have been a home away from home to countless students since 1960. Here, they experience their first taste of fieldwork and research, and for many, their first experience at the coast. As a living laboratory and classroom, this unforgettable place still captures the hearts and imaginations of many. Please give today to help us maintain the Bodega Marine Lab facility in order to continue with our exceptional research and exploration that is supported by the lab's seawater systems.