Running Time: 29 minutes
This is a hands on, detailed evaluation of one of a
small number of remaining wetlands, which together are estimated to generate
over 60% of the adult fish population off California's southern coast.
Join us in a small boat for an "on the spot" conversation and demonstration with Claudia Freitas,
Professor of Life Sciences who introduces us to the importance of the algae, diatoms, dinoflagellates,
and bacteria that are part of the complex food chain of the wetlands.
Later we join Don May, President
of the Los Cerritos Wetlands Task Force and Bill Wilson,
Environmental Planner, Designer and President of the Algalita
Marine Research Foundation. They point out the features and
importance of the wetland area. Finally we are joined by Kristen
Bender, Professor of Biology who shows us where fish lay their
eggs and the protective cover and supportive environment where
they hatch and grow to maturity before moving out to sea.
This film is perhaps one of the most detailed
examinations of the abundance of life that makes its home
in and amongst wetlands ecology.