Facts and resources

California Sea Grant provides a variety of information, fact sheets, and frequently asked questions on coastal topics. Check out the resources below, produced by our communications and extension teams.

Enjoy the beach

Explore Beaches website

Explore this website to learn about plants that build dunes, fish that run onto land, and crabs that move incredible distances migrating with the tide. Discover the dynamic process of sand movement and the impacts of beach grooming,coastal armoring , and nourishment on beaches and beach ecosystems. And learn how climate change is affecting beaches, and what you can do to help. 

Rip Current Safety

Nationally, lifeguards rescue approximately 60,000 people from drowning a year, and an estimated 80% of these near-drownings are caused by rip currents. To learn more, read our three myths about rip currents.

Safe and sustainable seafood

California aquaculture

What is aquaculture? What is grown and where is it practiced?

California seafood profiles

Did you know that there are approximately 70 species landed in California throughout the year? Yet many of these locally caught species are unknown to most Californians. This site provides information on the biology, fishery, nutrition, and culinary uses of species landed or farmed in California to help consumers make informed seafood choices.  

Discover California commercial fisheries

This website provides information about key features of California's commercial fisheries statewide and by region.

Harmful algal blooms

Read our FAQ: Harmful algal blooms and wild-caught seafood in California to learn all you need to know about safe handling and eating of wild-caught seafood in California. Or check out our HAB infographics for a more a quick and visual guide. For information on the 2015-16 closure of the California Dungeness crab fishery, see Frequently Asked Questions: Domoic Acid in California Crabs.

Market Your Catch website

Seafood alternative marketing expands the options available to fishermen for selling their catch and can provide economic and social benefits to fishing communities. Learn more and find out if it might be for you!

Resources for aquaculture growers

Find a variety of resources and links on aquaculture in California, including information on aquaculture management and techniques, regulatory information, and fish stocking.

California's unique environment

Restoring endangered salmon

Learn how California Sea Grant is helping bring back endangered coho salmon in Sonoma County. If you like to go fishing, learn how to tell the difference between endangered coho and other species, to avoid heavy fines. 

Invasive species​

Non-native species can wreak havoc in lakes, rivers, and the ocean. Help protect kelp beds and reefs from invasive seaweeds, or check out our manual for lake managers on early detection monitoring for quagga mussels and rapid response to suspected invasions.

Red tides: questions and answers

What's a red tide, where do they happen, and how can you find out more about a current red tide event? 

Under the surface of Morro Bay

This web guide highlights most common species found in Morro Bay. Scroll through the photos to learn more about the bay and what lives under its surface.