Since 1992, the WIES Catalina Conservation Divers (formerly the Catalina Conservancy Divers) have been collecting underwater biological and environmental data from coastal ocean sites around Catalina Island, Califorina. In cooperation with the USC Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies, the CCD team conducts quarterly surveys of marine species and benthic water temperatures. This citizen science effort has built a valuable time-series dataset that provides insight into environmental and biological patterns along Catalina's coastline. Data from the program helps inform our understanding of the island's marine protected areas (MPAs), areas of biological significance, and important sites for marine recreation, research and education.
36th Annual Avalon Harbor Underwater Cleanup
Saturday, October 08, 2016
USC’s Catalina Hyperbaric Chamber and Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies–Catalina Conservation Divers are proud to host Catalina Island’s 36th Avalon Harbor Underwater Cleanup on Saturday, February 25th, 2017. The event is one of the largest annual dive events in Southern California. The event began in the 1970s in an effort to cleanup Avalon Harbor, and this event is the only time diving is permitted in the Harbor.