January 1, 2001
Two UCSC biologists served on a UC Marine Council scientific advisory committee
that has just published a report on the ecological impacts of oil rig decommissioning
in California. Peter Raimondi, associate professor of ecology and evolutionary
biology, Mark Carr, assistant professor of ecology and evolutionary biology,
and four other UC experts authored the report, entitled "Ecological
Issues Related to Decommissioning of California's Offshore Production Platforms."
The UC Marine Council was established in 1999 and is chaired by Gary Griggs,
director of the Institute of Marine Sciences. Shortly after it was created, state
senator Dede Alpert of San Diego asked UC President Richard Atkinson to convene a
blue ribbon commission to assess the ecological impacts of decommissioning California's
offshore oil production facilities. This is a major issue in southern California
with potentially huge financial impacts. The marine council set up the scientific
advisory committee, which spent six months investigating the issue and preparing
the new report.