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Probably More Than You Want to Know About Rockfish

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Date: April 29, 2011
Contact: Yvonne Menard, 805-658-5725

Dr. Milton Love, a popular and entertaining speaker as well as a leading researcher, will provide intriguing information on rockfish natural history and habitats in the Santa Barbara Channel during the May “From Shore to Sea” lecture.

For the past 15 years Love has operated a research submersible to carry out comparative fish surveys of populations including rockfish that live around both natural and artificial reefs throughout the southern California Bight.

Love’s research is designed to better understand the current and historic patterns of distribution of rockfish and how they adapt to different open ocean environments including how rockfish settle at oil platforms.

Love, a research biologist for 38 years, currently with University of California Santa Barbara’s Marine Science Institute, has authored or co-authored more than 80 publications on the fishes of the Pacific Coast. He has conducted research on numerous economically important marine fishes in the northeast Pacific, including over 30 years of work on rockfishes. His most recent book is The Rockfishes of the Northeast Pacific.

The “From Shore to Sea” lecture series is sponsored by Channel Islands National Park with support from Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary. The purpose of the series is to further the understanding of current research on the Channel Islands and surrounding waters. The lectures occur at 7:00 p.m. on the second Wednesday of March, April, May, September, October, and November at the Channel Islands National Park Robert J. Lagomarsino Visitor Center, 1901 Spinnaker Drive in the Ventura Harbor. The programs are free and open to the public.

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