Latest from San Francisco Bay

Safe Fishing with Kids for the Bay

May 01, 2012 by Melati Kaye

Thanks to the nonprofit Kids for the Bay, each year a few thousand kids learn firsthand why those “Drains to Bay” stencils on storm grates are so important -- and why eating fish from San Francisco Bay may not always be a good idea.

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East Palo Alto turns trash into treasure

January 09, 2012 by Liz Proctor

A toxic waste dump may seem an unlikely place to stroll around and enjoy the San Francisco Bay. But East Palo Alto is restoring and capping such a site in order to give the public access to the water for the first time. The restoration project will also restore marshlands for struggling species like the clapper rail and salt mouse harvest mouse.

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High tech robots may launch new era in ocean exploration

November 18, 2011 by Alison Hawkes

Four surfboard-sized vehicles set sail off the coast of the San Francisco Bay on Thursday in an attempt to break world records in ocean exploration and robotics. The “wave gliders” will, if successful, traverse the longest distance of any unmanned ocean craft as they cross the Pacific Ocean.

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Steering the Ship of Wetlands Conservation

October 28, 2011 by Beth Slatkin

Beth Huning's current position as Coordinator of the San Francisco Bay Joint Venture isn't her first role in the field of wetlands conservation, but it certainly is one that brings together her passion for birds, her commitment to environmental protection, and her ability to work well with people representing many different constituencies. That's essential when running a consortium of over 26 groups focused on San Francisco Bay's tidal wetlands. Just this month the Joint Venture celebrated its 15th anniversary.

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Book Review: Natural History of San Francisco Bay

October 01, 2011 by Dan Rademacher

By Ariel Rubissow Okamoto and Kathleen M. Wong, 2011, UC Press, 352 pages, $24.95 paperback, $65 hardcover. The latest installment ...

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New Photo Exhibit Reveals Diversity in a Cubic Foot of SF Bay

September 14, 2011 by Elizabeth Proctor

The Golden Gate Bridge, approaching its 75th anniversary, is the most photographed bridge in the world -- but what about what lies underneath it? Photographer David Liittschwager decided to address just that and discovered that the number of living things that pass through a cubic foot of water here in an hour is greater than the number of cars that have ever driven over it.

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Top Shark: This One Goes to Seven!

July 01, 2011 by Michael Ellis

The biggest shark in the Bay is the seven-gill--with two more gill slits than the average shark. Why the extras? Well, turns out they’re probably an evolutionary accident, but these are still fascinating animals--up to 10 feet long, and swimming right out there in the Bay!

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A Good Season for Bay Herring

March 01, 2011 by Juliet Grable

Each winter, a strange spectacle takes over San Francisco Bay. You'll see evidence of it: moving rafts of agitated birds; strings of cormorants; pods of sea lions; plunge-diving pelicans. And fishing boats out on the Bay. But you won't see the cause for this excitement: thousands of herring en route to their spawning grounds. This year's season has been pretty good, but some folks think we should still go lightly on the lowly herring.

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Story Update: Subtleties of the Subtidal

February 15, 2011 by R. Adam Chasey

This past October, we reported on a landmark plan to preserve and restore the subtidal habitats of the San Francisco Bay – thousands of acres that sit mostly out of sight and out of mind below the surface of the Bay. In late January, the Final San Francisco Bay Subtidal Habitat Goals Report addressing this plan was released.

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Subtleties of the Subtidal

October 01, 2010 by Ariel Rubissow Okamoto

San Francisco Bay is both familiar and mysterious. Millions see it every day, yet we almost never glimpse beneath the steely surface. From eelgrass and oyster beds to mudflats and sand waves, there’s a lot to learn about. An innovative coalition is working to set an agenda for 50 years of research and restoration that will illuminate and resuscitate the vast wilderness below the lowest tides.

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