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Identifying important at-sea habitat


Beach Coastal Ocean Mammal and Bird Education and Research Surveys (COMBERS) is a citizen science program conducting surveys of Central California Beaches since 1997. The goal of the project is to assess human and natural impacts on the marine ecosystem through monitoring deposition rates of beachcast birds and mammals, assessing causes of seabird and marine mammal mortality, recording abundance of tarballs on beaches, and assisting resource management agencies in early detection of natural and anthropogenic mortality events. Starting in 2014, WERC has been assisting with database management and data analysis for the Beach COMBERS program. Beach COMBERS is a collaborative project of USGS WERC, Moss Landing Marine Labs, Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, California Fish and Wildlife, Marine Wildlife Veterinary Care and Research Center, and US Fish and Wildlife Service.

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