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Point Fermin

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Point Fermin is located in the South Coast region of California. This site is near the San Pedro Fishing Pier Mussel Watch site. This gently sloping site consists of moderately uneven terrain, containing few cracks and folds.

Point Fermin biodiversity survey overview

Point Fermin is dominated by a mixture of consolidated sandstone and basalt bedrock and boulder fields, and the area surrounding the site is comprised of a mixture of consolidated bedrock, boulder fields, and sandy beach. The primary coastal orientation of this site is southeast.

Long-Term Monitoring Surveys at Point Fermin were established in 1999, and are done by University of California Los Angeles. Long-Term MARINe surveys currently target the following species and/or areas: Chthamalus/Balanus (Acorn Barnacles), Mytilus (California Mussel), Silvetia (Golden Rockweed), Rock (Above Barnacle), Phyllospadix (Surfgrass), and Pisaster (Ochre Star). In addition, motile invertebrates and mussel size structure are monitored at this site. Click here to view Long-Term trends at this site.

Point Fermin long-term monitoring overview

Biodiversity Surveys were done by University of California Santa Cruz in 2001. The Biodiversity Survey grid encompasses two sections that are approximately 18 meters (along shore) x 50 meters (seaward), and 9 meters (along shore) x 50 meters (seaward). Click here to view Biodiversity Survey findings at this site.

For more information about Point Fermin, please contact Rich Ambrose.

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