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What’s Happening with Sea Stars

Director Brian Tissot recently made news as part of a team who made a major breakthrough in understanding sea star wasting disease. The disease has caused one of the largest marine life die-offs ever recorded, killing millions of starfish along California and the Pacific Coast. In December, Tissot spoke with Northcoast Environmental Center Coastal Programs Director Jennifer Savage about what researchers have learned and what the new information means for West Coast sea stars and the intertidal ecosystem as a whole.

Listen to the full show here.

From the Field Series

The interview was part of a special “From the Field” edition of The EcoNews Report, a show hosted by the NEC on KHSU, Humboldt’s NPR-affiliate public radio station on HSU’s campus.

The EcoNews Report archives

Surveying the Coast from Smith River to Fort Bragg

The second half of the show takes place slightly north, at Palmer’s Point, which is located in Patrick’s Point State Park. Sea Grant Coastal Specialist Joe Tyburczy and HSU professor Sean Craig are part of an MPA baseline monitoring science team focusing on 10 different sites in rocky intertidal zones from Smith River to Fort Bragg. On this day, Tyburczy and Craig led a group of HSU students led an intrepid team of students out to Palmer’s Point in January 2015  to continue surveys of the area.