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Recent accomplishments of CDFW's scientific community


Science Spotlight: Increasing the Genetic Diversity of White Abalone

Scuba diver underwater holding white board and mesh bag near rocky floor with kelp in background
At nearly 130 feet underwater, CDFW abalone researcher Dr. Laura Rogers-Bennett didn’t have much time. Her dive computer told her it was time to ascend, which meant that she would have to stop searching for the endangered white abalone hiding in the waving fields of red and gold gorgonians.

Science Spotlight: CDFW Biologist Gives Unlucky Sea Turtle a Second Chance

Green sea turtle laying in gray plastic kennel on top of blue pad while resting head on kennel opening.
CDFW Senior Environmental Scientist Mike Harris is credited with the rescue of a green sea turtle that was unintentionally caught from a pier in Morro Bay. Harris and the Morro Bay Harbor Patrol responded to a report of the hooked turtle on Aug. 17, after Harris was alerted by a friend in the area.

No Cooling Off for Invasive Species ‘Hotline’ in Battle Against Nutria

Tiny brown and green speckled juvenile coqui frog sitting atop a penny
Six months after announcing the discovery of a breeding population of invasive nutria in the San Joaquin Valley, CDFW’s Invasive Species “hotline” continues to receive multiple reports each week of nutria sightings from the public.

Science Spotlight: The Fight to Keep Chronic Wasting Disease Out of California

Man wearing beige pants, blue scrub shirt, and black gloves hunched over black tarp covered table holding flesh over a black cutting mat, knife and forceps. Deceased deer laying on opposite end of table.
CDFW scientists, wildlife officers and other staff are pulling out all the stops to fight a wildlife disease of major concern from crossing state lines and infecting native deer and elk populations.