(As of December 2012)
**Since 2012, a Fish Tagging collaboration between SDOF, Scripps Institute of Oceanography, and fishermen are tagging over 10,000 fish to understand their population abundance, size structure, and movement. Data will be collected with the help of a newly developed fish tagging smartphone app.
**Since 2011, as part of the Ghost Lobster Trap Recovery Program, SDOF works with volunteers and local fishermen to find and remove these hazards from the ocean floor.
**Since 2011, the Lobster Monitoring Project, funded by Sea Grant, aims to tag and record data about lobster in Southern California. SDOF volunteers work collaboratively with researchers from San Diego State University, Scripps Institute of Oceanography, the CA Department of Fish and Game, and commercial lobster fishermen to learn about changes in abundance, distribution, behavior, and consumptive use of the California spiny lobster.
**Since 2010, the Wetland Restoration Program helps restore sensitive coastal habitat by removing invasive plants and re-panting native plants. This program is a collaboration with the San Diego Audubon Society and the Port of San Diego to create feeding and nesting grounds for our feathered friends.
Installed 200-ft of “boom” around the San Diego white seabass pens (donated by Continental Maritime). Within six months, this boom helped protect 17,000 fingerlings from two major fuel spills that occurred in the Bay! (2006)
**Since 2006, we have provided monthly free fish identification training classes at the Birch Aquarium through our Reef Monitoring Project. To help educate our community about local marine life, the SDOF has partnered with Reef Environmental Education Foundation (REEF) to teache Southern California residents how to identify over 100 species commonly found off our coast.
Produced a 5-minute instructional video entitled, “How to Properly Stencil Storm Drains.” (2005)
Hosted an educational children’s booth at Earth Fair (2005).
Removed fishing line from the NOSC tower, located in San Diego’s Wreck Alley (2005).
Gave away 750 Bilge Socks to boaters in San Diego Bay in an effort to reduce oil pollution, sponsored by the Port of San Diego (2005).
Teamed up with Bottom Bunch Dive Club to provide “Marine Life” resource kits to 118 San Diego County school libraries. These kits included a book on California’s Marine Life, a Shark DVD, and other helpful handouts (2005).
SDOF implemented “H2O: Home 2 Oceans” pollution prevention program in an effort to educate homeowners about ways to prevent water pollution from entering our natural waterways. 6,000 residents received monthly-tip cards for one calendar year (2004-2005).
Since 2004, to help combat storm drain pollution, SDOF partnered with I Love a Clean San Diego to stencil 150 storm drains annually in San Diego County.
Created Read-A-Thon program to encourage elementary children to learn about ocean conservation issues (2004).
Hosted World Ocean Day with San Diego Padres at Petco Park in an effort to promote ocean stewardship (2003-2004).
Initiated a Gill Net Removal Program with the assistance from the Mexican Authorities which saved marine mammals and sharks from possible death (2003).
**Since 2002, we have educated over 600 youth annually to provide an opportunity to learn about ocean issues through our Ocean in Motion marine science education program. SDOF provides interactive workshops and field trips that are full of exciting activities to keep children of all ages engaged and curious about the waters that surround us, while giving them the tools necessary to make informed decisions about how to protect delicate marine life in the future.
Since 2002, SDOF has protected San Diego’s shipwrecks from anchor damage through the Wreck Alley Mooring Project.
Since 2002, SDOF has partnered with the San Diego Chapter of the Sierra Club to promote canyon stewardship by leading guided nature hikes through high-risk canyons.
Developed and implemented the Artificial Reef Monitoring Project on the Yukon to biologically monitor the growth of marine life over time (2001-2005)
**Since 2001, our Canyon Watch Program, with help from the City of San Diego’s Metropolitan’s Wastewater Department, aims to reduce canyon sewer pollution by enlisting citizen volunteers to regularly monitor our urban canyons and report potential threats before a spill occurs.
Hosted a Great American Fish Count Seminar for divers interested in collecting data to study the trends of fish populations around the country, taught by Alex Score of REEF (2001-2002).
Co-hosted the International Dive-in Day with the Hammerheads in an effort to break the world’s record for the most divers in the water at one moment. This event raised ocean awareness and promoted ocean stewardship within the diving community (2001).
As part of Project Yukon, SDOF purchased, cleaned, and prepare an ex-Canadian Escort Director for placement as a diver recreation site and artificial reef. The Yukon was sunk 1.85 miles off of San Diego’s Mission Beach and has increased diver and fisherman opportunities that added millions of dollars to the coastal economy (2000).
Initialized a second White Seabass Growout Facility in San Diego Bay financed by a grant from the Unified Port District in an effort to replenish depleted fish populations of coastal California (1999).
Installed an artificial reef off Mission Beach with 775 tons of concrete shapes from Maxwell Technologies (1999).
Published a special report on Coastal Water Quality, A Case Study of La Jolla Storm Drains (1997).
Developed a Master Plan for Habitat Enhancement for San Diego County, a first of its kind (1997-2000).
Designed and built a White Seabass Growout Facility in Mission Bay to raise fingerlings from hatcheries to a survivable length of 10-12 inches (1995).
**Since 1995, SDOF has released 50,000 white seabass a year through our White Seabass Restoration Project in collaboration with Hubbs-Seaworld-Research Institute as part of the Oceans Resources and Hatchery Enhancement Program.
Published White Paper “Tuna Fishing and Dolphin in the Eastern Pacific” reviewing the fishermen’s and the environmentalist’s perspective of this controversial issue (1995, revised 1997).
Created a trilingual brochure “The Marine Life and the Environment of La Jolla” to assist visitors in understanding the wild life at La Jolla shores (1995).
Created Sea Touch, a touch screen interactive computer that displays satellite-derived ocean maps and data answer questions about the ocean environment. First installations are at the San Diego Natural History Museum and the Stephen Birch Aquarium. Visitors interact with Sea Touch to learn about the ocean and its habitats including ocean currents, water temperatures, and sea life migratory patterns (1994-2004).
Created a brochure about non-point pollution in conjunction with the Junior League entitled “Help Them..Help Ourselves” (1993).
Mediated the Lobster-Surfing Program, a voluntary agreement between the Surfrider Foundation and the California Lobster Association that greatly increased surfer safety in surf zones and avoided a regulatory solution that would have vastly decreased opportunities for lobster fishermen (1993-1996).
**Since 1992, SDOF has completed 20 underwater trash cleanups, with a combined total of 10,000 pounds of trash removed!
Annually distributed an educational comic called on marine pollution called “Voyage to Gloom Island” to 50,000 San Diego 5th graders (1990-1996).
Provided $10,000 to Hubbs-Sea World Research Institute to study how human interactions with marine mammals can be avoided (1989).
Produced “It’s All of Us – Marine Pollution in San Diego.” This 30-minute video, narrated by Walter Cronkite, aired on KPBS and CBS and was distributed to decision makers throughout the region (1988).
Provided $10,000 to the University of San Diego to establish an endowed marine scholarship in the San Diego Ocean Foundation’s name (1988).
Awarded Artists of the Year for local talent whose creations reflect a greater appreciation of the ocean through their art (1988-1998).
Conducted 40 “San Diego and the Sea” seminars in cooperation with the University of San Diego’s Marine Studies Program (1986-1992).
Held dozens of public forums on issues from Mexican fisheries law to Magnuson Act Reauthorization (1984-1996).
**Denotes currently active programs