A monthly round-up of news and trends important to the AltaSea community. MARINE SCIENCE My Depressing Summers in Belize (New York Times) Marine Ecologist John Bruno describes the declining state of coral reefs in the Caribbean.  Since 2009 his team has been annually surveying 16 reefs across the Belizean Barrier Reef, half of which are […]

(Editor’s note: Luis G. Mora is a teacher in the Los Angeles Unified School District, teaching seventh graders in the Harry Bridges Span School in Wilmington, California, near the Port of Los Angeles. Mora was chosen as a Science Communication Fellow as part of the Community STEM partnership between AltaSea and Ocean Exploration Trust designed […]

One of AltaSea’s first clients, shellfish aqua-farmer Catalina Sea Ranch, got some welcome attention this week from “Good Food,” the smart show about all things edible from public-radio giant KCRW-FM.  Reporter Abbie Fentress Swanson visited Catalina Sea Ranch’s headquarters on the AltaSea wharf in the Port of Los Angeles and also rode out to the […]

LA2050 Goldhirsh Grant Workshops In 2016, AltaSea received the Goldhirsh Foundation’s LA2050 Grant enabling us to introduce students to ocean exploration, technologies and sciences. Students gain access to cutting-edge science and technology, one-on-one interactions with accomplished scientists, tech innovators, entrepreneurs, underwater technologies and marine sciences. LA2050 was launched in 2011 by the Goldhirsh Foundation to […]

MARINE SCIENCE What are Marine Protected Areas? (Protect Planet Ocean) A marine protected area (MPA) is essentially a space in the ocean where human activities are more strictly regulated than the surrounding waters – similar to parks we have on land. These places are given special protections for natural or historic marine resources by local, […]

By Jenny Krusoe AltaSea at the Port of Los Angeles is a partner in an upcoming event that likely may puzzle some: members of the Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre will join the LA Opera aboard the tall ships of the Los Angeles Maritime Institute (LAMI) to create an immersive art experience offshore from a century-old […]

Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre Comes to AltaSea! On June 24, 2017 at 8:00pm, the Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre will preview a new work, Beyond the Waterfront, with a one-night only public performance on our AltaSea wharf at Berth 58. The performance marks the first time immersive art has come to the Los Angeles Maritime Institute’s […]

One of AltaSea’s most high-profile partnerships the past year has been with the Ocean Exploration Trust, whose E/V Nautilus ship spent the winter docked at our wharf in the Port of Los Angeles. The Nautilus, the undersea-exploration vessel whose recent discoveries include the wreckage of such famous ships at the German WWII battleship Bismarck and […]

By Dr. Sandra Whitehouse, Chief Scientific Officer (consultant), AltaSea As the U.S. economy continues its slow recovery from the worst recession since the Great Depression, the pace of growth has not been consistent across all sectors and in all areas. In Los Angeles and, particularly, the San Pedro community, many people remain unemployed or underemployed. […]

A monthly round-up of news and trends important to the AltaSea community. MARINE SCIENCE Some Coral Species Adapting to Warmer Waters (New Atlas) While partially-bleached coral isn’t handling warm water too well, new research has found that some species are adapting to an increase in temperature. Rising ocean temperatures are wreaking havoc on the organisms […]

“We stand now where two roads diverge. But unlike the roads in Robert Frost‘s familiar poem, they are not equally fair. … the one less traveled by — offers our last; our only chance to reach a destination that assures the preservation of the earth.” ― Rachel Carson, “Silent Spring” Earth Day arrives every year […]

AltaSea: Beacon provides updates on AltaSea’s activities, education and community programs and other priority initiatives.  Ocean Exploration Trust’s West Coast Outreach Theatre The Ocean Exploration Trust, led by Dr. Robert Ballard, is building a west coast outreach theatre at AltaSea as a complement facility to the University of Rhode Island’s Inner Space Center (ISC). The ISC, a […]

A monthly round-up of news and trends important to the AltaSea community. WORLD DOLPHIN DAY – APRIL 14TH At AltaSea, we acknowledge April 14th as Dolphin Day, an occasion meant to bring awareness to the iconic marine mammals. The day has been observed for several decades, with events planned around the world each year. In […]

By Jenny Cornuelle Krusoe You may wonder what dance has to do with ocean research, school curricula or job creation. But it matters more than you can guess when it comes to building a strong, resilient community of diverse skills, opportunities and people. So, while AltaSea is focused on an ambitious program to transform one […]

By Jenny Cornuelle Krusoe Every day, I meet people who want AltaSea to succeed in building a transformative center for ocean-based research, education and sustainable business. Ann Carpenter wants to do more than that for San Pedro and beyond, and in doing so has become one of AltaSea’s most prominent and active allies. Ann, the […]