Pacific Rocky Intertidal Monitoring: Trends and Synthesis
Click here for Long-Term trends
Click here for Biodiversity Survey findings
Hopkins is located in the Central Coast region of California, within the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. This site is located within the Lovers Point State Marine Reserve. This site is also located in an Area of Special Biological Significance (Pacific Grove Marine Gardens Fish Refuge and Hopkins Marine Life Refuge ASBS), and is 0.6 miles southeast of the Pacific Grove/Lovers Point Mussel Watch site. This site is part of Hopkins Marine Reserve. There is an abundance of historical and ongoing research at this site, and this site has moderate visitation by researchers. This moderately sloping site consists of extremely uneven terrain, containing many deep cracks and folds.
Hopkins is dominated by a mixture of consolidated granite and boulder fields, and the area surrounding the site is comprised of a mixture of consolidated granite, boulder fields, and cobble beach. The primary coastal orientation of this site is north/northwest.
Long-Term Monitoring Surveys at Hopkins were established in 1999 and are done by University of California Santa Cruz. Long-Term MARINe surveys currently target the following species: Chthamalus/Balanus (Acorn Barnacles), Mytilus (California Mussel), Silvetia (Golden Rockweed), Endocladia (Turfweed), Mastocarpus (Turkish Washcloth), Phyllospadix (Surfgrass) and Pisaster (Ochre Star). In addition, motile invertebrates, barnacle recruitment, mussel size structure, and water temperature are monitored at this site. Click here to view Long-Term trends at this site.
Biodiversity Surveys were done by University of California Santa Cruz in 2000, 2003, and 2006. The Biodiversity Survey grid encompasses one section that is approximately 30 meters (along shore) x 20 meters (seaward). Click here to view Biodiversity Survey findings at this site.
For more information about Hopkins, please contact Pete Raimondi.