Bodega | MARINe


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Bodega is located in the North Central Coast region of California. This site is located in an Area of Special Biological Significance (Bodega Marine Life Refuge ASBS), within the Bodega Head State Marine Reserve, and is 0.9 mi northwest of the Bodega Bay Head Mussel Watch site. This site is within the University of California Bodega Marine Reserve, and there is an abundance of historical and ongoing research surrounding and throughout the site. This site is accessed through Bodega Marine Lab, and receives high visitation by researchers. This moderately sloping site consists of moderately uneven terrain, containing few cracks and folds.

Bodega biodiversity survey overview

Bodega is dominated by a mixture of consolidated granite (Salinian Block), boulder fields, and cobble beach, and the area surrounding the site is comprised of a mixture of consolidated bedrock, boulder fields, cobble beach, and sandy beach. The primary coastal orientation of this site is west/southwest.

Bodega long-term monitoring overview

Long-Term Monitoring Surveys at Bodega were established in 2001 and are done by University of California Santa Cruz. Long-Term MARINe surveys currently target the following species: Chthamalus/Balanus (Acorn Barnacles), Mytilus (California Mussel), Pelvetiopsis (Dwarf Rockweed), Endocladia (Turfweed), and Pisaster (Ochre Star). In addition, motile invertebrates, barnacle recruitment, mussel size structure, and water temperature are monitored at this site. Click here to view Long-Term trends at this site.

Biodiversity Surveys were done in 2001, 2003, 2004, 2010, 2012, 2017, 2020, and 2023. The Biodiversity Survey grid encompasses two sections that are approximately 14 meters (along shore) x 20 meters (seaward), and 12 meters (along shore) x 40 meters (seaward). Click here to view Biodiversity Survey findings at this site.

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