Updated January 13, 2023
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In response to the critical gaps in our knowledge about the nature, extent, fate, and impacts of deep ocean DDT+ pollution, the University of Southern California (USC) and California Sea Grant Programs, with funding from the National Sea Grant Program, conducted A Deep Ocean California DDT+ Research Needs Assessment for the Southern California Bight in 2022 to generate a comprehensive list of DDT+ research needs, as well as context on what research is most critically needed to investigate DDT+ impacts on California coastal living resources and the communities who utilize them. Sea Grant aims for this report to provide a framework for a deep ocean DDT+ research agenda to inform timely future.
USC Sea Grant and California Sea Grant hosted community listening sessions to provide feedback on the draft Sea Grant report: A Deep Ocean DDT+ Research Needs Assessment for the Southern California Bight. This report presents a framework for a deep ocean DDT research agenda to inform timely future California DDT+ research investments, based on input from the Sea Grant July 2022 California DDT+ Research Needs Workshop (more information on this workshop is provided below).
A primary source of input for this Assessment, alongside literature review and community listening sessions, was Sea Grant’s California DDT+ Research Needs Workshop(July 18-19, 2022) that convened diverse communities managing, studying, or directly affected by deep ocean DDT+ disposal in the Southern California Bight.
Thank you to the over 75 registrants from across academia, NGOs, and regulators at the state and regional level who attended our widely successful and informative workshop. The event was featured in California Ocean Protection Council Executive Director Mark Gold's online blog, AllWet. Read the article here.
This two-day interactive workshop aimed to synthesize California stakeholders’ perspectives on those critical research needs emerging from the recent discovery of the extensive scope of dumpsites of DDT and associated chemicals (DDT+) in the deep ocean waters of the San Pedro Basin. The workshop discussion will feed into the development of a California Stakeholder DDT+ Research Needs Assessment, further supported by a broadly administered stakeholder survey and synthesis of existing DDT+ assessment reports.
The workshop supported four broad objectives:
Presentations from the 2-day workshop were recorded and are available to view. To watch the presentations, click on the links below:
Updating and Reviewing Research on Continuing Ecological Effects of Deepwater Ocean Dumping of DDT Wastes into the Southern California Bight (Chartrand et al, 2022)
This workshop is jointly organized by California Sea Grant and University of Southern California Sea Grant, and funded by the National Sea Grant Office.
California Sea Grant: University of Southern California Sea Grant:
Lian Guo, Research Coordinator, email@example.com Amalia Almada, Science, Research & Policy Specialist, firstname.lastname@example.org
Theresa Talley, Extension Director, Coastal Specialist Phyllis Grifman, Executive Director
Shauna Oh, Director Linda Duguay, Director
Charlotte Stevenson, Science Writer
We would like to acknowledge the critical contributions of our Advisory Committee in the development of this assessment: