SEA Lab has just completed one of our most ambitious trainings in preparation for our busy spring season and even busier summer program. Corpsmembers have received training in animal health and nutrition, aquarium maintenance, water quality, informal education, marine biology and aquaculture.
In May, SEA Lab partnered to host Sea Fair 2014; it was a tremendously successful event! Thanks mainly to an outstanding group of sponsors, participants and a committee of dedicated volunteers! This year, the event footprint was expanded, adding new host facilities, additional boat rides, and bringing the Tall Ship Irving Johnson and the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Blackfin to the list of attractions, among other activities. An estimated 2,500 people attended this years event learning about water conservation, local marine life, youth training and environmental stewardship.
SEA Lab will be hosting Summer Camps in July and August with on-the-water educational opportunities, including kayaking, tidepooling and beach exploration.
The SEA Lab facility corpsmembers (corpsmembers are our program trainees) have been learning the requirements to raise moon jellies. They have been caring for about 100 tiny ephyra (the first life stage of a sea jelly), they have been hatching brine shrimp for food for the jellies and closely observing their behavior to ensure survival.
The SEA Lab education corpsmembers are now teaching water conservation programs sponsored by the local Municipal Water Districts. With the current drought conditions gripping Southern California our teams cannot educate enough people about water conservation and how they can make smart choices to help conserve water. The SEA Lab has two outreach vehicles "the Travelling Tidepool" that are equipped to go out into the community and teach at Los Angeles inner city schools, providing learning opppounities for students not able to travel to the SEA Lab. The vehicles transport sea creatures to the schools to engage kids through touch and interactive educational programs. SEA Lab's on-site and outreach programs have taught more than 1000 students this year.
The SEA Lab is currently training six new corpsmemebrs this month, stay tuned for updates.
Our Aquarist in training program has been focusing on providing experiences and opportunities for our two newest facility program participants Kendrick and Evelyn.
Kendrick has been working closely with the Giant Black Sea Bass, our largest fish at the SEA Lab. He has been learning what it takes to care for our three gentle giants rescued in 2010. He is working on identiying any health issues with the giants and coming up with solutions; he is also monitoring their diet and developing a feeding regime that will provide the greatest benefit, and Kendrick is also responsible for vacuuming, siphoning and scrubbing to keep their tank clean.
Evelyn lead a major project to clean our tidepool tank,our largest display tank at the SEA Lab. The process she undertook included removing all the fish and providing a health check before returning them to their display. The tank was emptied for 2 days while the crew cleaned the overflow drains and pipes, removed excess algae growing on the tank walls and replaced the substrate in the tank.
The SEA Lab is also expanding its aquaculture program to include developing techniques to care for a batch of newly born baby seahorses.
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