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and when you add a higher tempera- stars keep urchins under control,” ture to that, it kills faster, causing a said Joseph Gaydos, senior author on bigger impact.” the paper and director of UC Davis’
Fisheries depend on nearshore kelp SeaDoc Society program. “Without forests to form a healthy environment sun? ower stars, urchin populations for ? sh and the broader oceanic eco- expand and threaten kelp forests and
UNDERWATER UNDERWATER system. With the demise of sun? ower biodiversity. This cascading effect has
ACOUSTIC RECORDERSACOUSTIC RECORDERS sea stars, sea urchin populations in a really big impact.” some areas have exploded, substan- For this research, “Disease Epidemic tially reducing the kelp, Harvell said. and a Marine Heat Wave Are Associ-
The sun? ower sea star is large, about ated with the Continental-Scale Col- the size of a manhole cover, and pos- lapse of a Pivotal Predator (Pycnopo- sesses an enormous appetite. It crawls dia Helianthoides),” the other partner over the sea? oor like a robotic vacuum institutions were Simon Fraser Uni- cleaner, munching on everything in its versity, Stanford University, Hakai path. Institute and the National Oceanic and “In California, Washington and parts Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
UNDERWATER DRONES of British Columbia, sun? ower sea Between 2006 and 2017, scientists and trained citizen scientists with Reef
Environmental Education Foundation (REEF) conducted 10,956 roving-div- er surveys from Southern California to
Alaska. Before 2013, divers reported an abundance of sea stars, but between 2013 to 2017 the population collapsed.
Scientists from Simon Fraser Univer- sity and the Hakai Institute con? rmed the loss from remote Calvert Island in
British Columbia. The ocean warm-
FOR DIVERS ing recorded at REEF locations corre- sponds to an increase in water temper- ature by up to 4 degrees Celsius that started in 2014.
NOAA scientists surveyed sun? ower sea stars in thousands of deep trawls from Mexico to the Canadian border and recorded 100 percent decline in all states in deep water down to 1,000 meters.
The research was supported by the
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In mid-April, the University of Cali-
Energies fornia Press will release Harvell’s new book, “Ocean Outbreak: Confronting the Rising Tide of Marine Disease,” on the oceanic epidemics that are im-
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