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Researchers Turn to Ultrasound to Help Save White Abalone Population

NBC Bay Area - April 20, 2022

As species of abalone continue their perilous decline on the West Coast, scientists working to reproduce the mollusks in the laboratory have turned to an unusual piece of equipment to aid their efforts; the ultrasound. 

Researcher Sara Bowles scans a white abalone using an ultrasound devise at the Bodega Marine Laboratory in Bodega Bay


Mexican fisheries authority changed abalone fishing season

Enrique Vázquez, IAS Representative 

On July 7, 2021, SADER /CONAPESCA (Agricultural Secretariat and Fisheries Commission), based on studies conducted by INAPESCA (National Fisheries Institute), published a change on the abalone fishing season, that was not updated since 1994. 

Northern California red abalone fishery to stay closed at least through 2026

North Bay Business Journal - May 22, 2021

Divers and tidepool pickers are being reminded that the Northern California’s red abalone fishery will remain closed for the next five years — extending a ban that went into effect three years ago.


Kristin Aquilino, lead scientist for the White Abalone Captive Breeding Program, holds a white abalone in the lab in Bodega Bay, California, US. (Photo:Reuters)

How scientists are using a 'romantic solution' to save endangered white abalone

Reuters - May 5, 2021

White abalone - whose flesh is a delicacy and polished shell is prized as mother of pearl - are threatened with extinction. But scientists are looking to turn the tide for these unique sea snails by playing Cupid.

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A red abalone attaches itself to the hand of project scientist Daniel Swezey in 2017 during experiments at the UC Davis Bodega Marine Laboratory. (Joe Proudman/UC Davis)

For Red Abalone, Resisting Ocean Acidification Starts With Mom

UC Davis - October 5, 2020

Red abalone mothers from California’s North Coast give their offspring an energy boost when they’re born that helps them better withstand ocean acidification compared to their captive, farmed counterparts, according to a study from the Bodega Marine Laboratory at the University of California, Davis.

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