For its inaugural project, the Honda Marine Science Foundation partnered with the University of California, Santa Barbara Bren School of Environmental Science & Management on a research initiative that sought to provide a framework for future Southern California oyster restoration efforts. A group of Bren School students researched the Olympia oyster in order to educate the public on the benefits of restoring native oyster populations for shoreline stabilization.
The students published their thesis in June 2017, concluding that large-scale Southern California oyster restoration is both viable and valuable. Click HERE to download the report, Planning and Incentivizing Native Olympia Oyster Restoration in Southern California.
The Honda Marine Science Foundation is a sponsor of the 9th National Summit on Coastal and Estuarine Restoration and Management in Long Beach, California. Hosted by Restore America’s Estuaries (RAE) and the Coastal States Organization (CSO), the Summit focuses on coastal restoration, science, and management practice. As part of its sponsorship, the Honda Marine Science Foundation will provide need-based scholarships for students to attend the Summit.
Since 1935, Cabrillo Marine Aquarium has provided visitors with both a natural and interactive approach to learning about the marine environment of Southern California. The Honda Marine Science Foundation supports Friends of Cabrillo Marine Aquarium, the nonprofit that provides funding and resources to help the city-run Aquarium meet its mission "to be a trusted resource that inspires exploration, respect and conservation of Southern California marine life."
As a founding sponsor of the Aquarium of the Pacific, Honda strongly supports this world-class venue for environmental education that is visited by over 165,000 school children and more than 1.7 million visitors each year. In partnership with the Aquarium, the Honda Marine Science Foundation sponsors public forums to search for solutions to the most pressing and complex problems facing the ocean and environment.
Reports summarizing each public forum are available for download below.
Aligning Stakeholder Communications for U.S. Marine Aquaculture
Held on October 4 and 5, 2018, the forum’s goal was to expand responsible marine aquaculture, or farming in the sea, in the U.S. by facilitating the communication of accurate information to consumers, regulators, policymakers, and the public. Participants included U.S. marine aquaculture farmers, chefs, communications experts, regulators (state and federal), educators, students, scientists, representatives from farms seeking permits, seafood suppliers, and others. Click HERE to download the report.
Sato-umi in the Anthropocene
On November 13 and 14, 2017, leading experts from Stanford University, University of Southern California, Duke University, University of Hawaii, University of California, Santa Barbara, Hokkaido University, and NOAA discussed the future of southern California’s coast via the application of sato-umi in the Anthropocene, the current geological era denoted by the dominating global influence of humans on the planet. The Forum was designed to explore a number of approaches to “integrated” coastal management, in particular those that cross the land-sea boundary, some of which have been practiced for thousands of years, to see if lessons could be extracted to elevate awareness and stimulate action to reduce vulnerability in the “new normal” of rising sea level. Click HERE to download the report.
From British Columbia to Baja California: Restoring The Olympia Oyster (Ostrea lurida)
On March 16 and 17, 2017, forum attendees and experts from around the state and country with experience in oyster restoration projects discussed restoring the native Olympia oyster, Ostrea lurida. One clear message that emerged from the forum was that Olympia oyster restoration efforts should be united by a common vision and by shared information, along the entire range, from British Columbia to Baja California. The forum was stimulated by the SoCal Oyster Group of the Bren School of the University of California, Santa Barbara, who are working on a team project for their M.S. degree. Click HERE to download the report.