Ventura Fish and Wildlife Office
A Unit of the
Pacific Southwest Region
Ecological Services | California
October 14, 2014
Leveraging Resources to Recover Tidewater Goby
Ashley Spratt
Partners from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, University of California Santa Barbara, California State Parks, Channel Islands Restoration and other natural resources organizations came together to sample for tidewater gobies in Santa Barbara County, as part of a two day training session. Image courtesy of Ashley Spratt (USFWS).

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Collaboration and sound science are key to effective landscape-level conservation along the California coastline. That’s why natural resource professionals are leveraging their resources and expertise to expand conservation efforts for the future.

Biologists with the Ventura and Arcata Fish and Wildlife Office joined forces with the University of California (UC) Santa Barbara and California State Parks to host a comprehensive training session for natural resource managers and biologists working to restore important habitat along the southern and central California coast.

The training session specifically focused on enhancing restoration efforts for the tidewater goby, a federally endangered fish endemic to the state of California that lives in waters of coastal lagoons, estuaries and marshes.

A two person team enters the Carpinteria Creek Lagoon to seine for goby and other aquatic organisms. Photo by Ashley Spratt/USFWS.

Trainees participated in field excursions to estuaries in Santa Barbara County to learn surveying and seining techniques for tidewater goby, and participated in a classroom session at the UC Santa Barbara campus to learn about goby characteristics, needs and stressors.

The two-day pilot project was initiated and coordinated by the Ventura Fish and Wildlife Office’s Coastal Program and supported by the Service’s Fisheries Program. Biologists with the Arcata Fish and Wildlife Office shared their invaluable expertise of goby restoration and conservation in the northern reaches of the species’ range.

Trainees and trainors examine tidewater gobies caught during the seining exercise in Carpinteria. Photo by Ashley Spratt/USFWS.

Recovery efforts for species like tidewater goby require close collaboration and knowledge-sharing across federal, state and non-governmental agencies and organizations. Efforts like this one highlight how robust partnerships and information sharing across agency lines are the foundation for designing and implementing effective coastal conservation now and in the future.

More images of the tidewater goby training can be viewed on our Flickr site here: https://flic.kr/s/aHsjUsrLgV

Shawn Milar with the Service's Coastal Program and Eric Morrissette, senior fish and wildlife biologist with the Ventura Fish and Wildlife Office at Carpinteria Creek Lagoon. Photo by Ashley Spratt/USFWS.

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