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West Cove

West Cove is located in the Southern Channel Islands. This site is not accessible by the public, as it is on navy-owned San Clemente Island. Visitation to this site is limited to fishing and tidepooling navy personnel and a handful of researchers. This gently sloping site consists of moderately uneven terrain, containing few cracks and folds.

West Cove biodiversity survey overview

West Cove is dominated by a mixture of consolidated granite bedrock and boulder fields, and the area surrounding the site is comprised of a mixture of consolidated bedrock, boulder fields, and cobble beach. The primary coastal orientation of this site is southwest.

West Cove long-term monitoring overview

Long-Term Monitoring Surveys at West Cove were established in 2011 and are done by Navy Marine Ecology Consortium. Long-Term MARINe surveys currently target the following species: Chthamalus/Balanus (Acorn Barnacles), Mytilus (California Mussel), Silvetia (Golden Rockweed), Endocladia (Turfweed), and Pisaster (Ochre Star).

Biodiversity Surveys were done by University of California Santa Cruz in 2013.  The Biodiversity Survey grid encompasses one section that is approximately 30 meters (along shore) x 50 meters (seaward).

For more information about West Cove, please contact Suzanne Graham.

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