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Local Sustainability Projects - Corona del Mar High School

A cornerstone of the GSP is the requirement that students provide 40 hours of direct service to a nature conservancy or nonprofit ecology organization in their community. The Foundation strongly believes that students should develop an ethic of responsibility for their environment, both locally and globally. The Foundation requires this hands-on service to allow the students to “pay forward” the opportunity they have been afforded in participating in the Earthwatch expedition.

The Corona del Mar High School students will be working with the City of Newport Beach and the Back Bay Science Center on a California spiny lobster recruitment study. Students are researching the methods of trapping and collecting the lobsters, so they can construct their own traps. They will be going out on boats to plant the traps and eventually check on the traps to do collection. They will learn the correct protocols for extracting the post larval lobster from the traps and prep samples to be sent to Marine Biological Consultants (MBC) in Costa Mesa. The goal of this project is to improve the fisheries and also to understand the role recreational and commercial fishing have on the biodiversity within MPA’s (Marine Protected Areas).