California Collaborative Fisheries Research Program (CCFRP)

Nature of Research/Program Description: 

CCFRP is a partnership of people and communities interested in fisheries sustainability. By combining the expertise and ideas of fishermen and scientists, we have successfully established protocols to gather information for fisheries management.

CCFRP aims to collect valuable data on economically important marine species to provide information for fisheries management and the evaluation of marine protected areas (MPAs). In order to do so, standardized hook-and-line surveys are used to catch, identify, measure, tag and release nearshore fish species inside MPAs and associated reference sites (REF). Each fishing trip provides information regarding species compositions, sizes and catch rates of fishes in and around central California MPAs that will be used by resource managers to assess stock health and MPA performance in fisheries management.

CCFRP interns provide organizational, logistical and administrative assistance to the Fisheries & Conservation Biology Lab at Moss Landing Marine Laboratories.  Within the CCFRP, our lab conducts background research for fisheries-related projects, coordinates a variety of events, collects and analyzes field data and disseminates information to the public.  Program interns help facilitate any/all portions of these activities while additional duties are assigned, as needed.

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Contact: Jen Chiu

Keywords: Fisheries; Collaboration; MPA; Monitoring; Central California; Fishing; Field work; Marine biology; Moss Landing Marine Laboratories

Location Details: 
Moss Landing Marine Laboratories
Targeted Students: 
Undergraduate students, graduate students or recent graduates who are organized, self-motivated and reliable. High quality oral and written communication is essential. In addition, program participants must be willing and able to properly handle marine fishes and maintain sampling gear. Summer interns may be required to work long hours on boats and must be able to effectively work while experiencing sea sickness, if applicable. Friendly individuals who care about our local waters are desired and a background in marine science is preferred. The expected time commitment is a minimum of 10-20 hours per week, with a duration of 3-6 months. This internship is unpaid and can be used for academic credit at another institution. Many academic internships require a significant amount of computer work, so there is an effort made to balance field-based work with that conducted in the lab, whenever possible.
Program Time Period: 
Time Period Details: 
June-October, flexible
Academic Credit
Application Deadline: 
May 15
Jen Chiu
Contact Title: 
Volunteer Coordinator/Project Lead
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Earth Sciences
Ecology and Evolution
Environmental Studies
Marine Biology