Haliotis cracherodii is a species of large edible sea snail, a marine gastropod mollusk in the family Haliotidae, the abalones. This species is small compared with most of the other abalone species from the eastern Pacific, it has a smooth dark shell; this used to be the most abundant large marine mollusk on the west coast of North America, but now, because of overfishing and the Withering Syndrome, it has much declined in population and the IUCN Red List has classed the black abalone as Critically Endangered. Haliotis cracherodii comprises two subspecies: Haliotis cracherodii californiensis Swainson, 1822 Haliotis cracherodii cracherodii Leach, 1814 The coloration is dark brown, dark green, dark blue or black; the silvery interior of the shell shows a pale greenish iridescence. The exterior of the shell is smoother than most abalones, or may have low obsolete coarse spiral lirae and lines of growth; the shell is oval, evenly convex, the two sides curved. The back of the shell is convex, with little algal growth.
The shell is not carinated at the row of holes. The spire is near the margin; the cavity of the spire is concealed or nearly so. The muscle scar is not distinct. There are five to seven small, open respiratory holes, or pores, along the left side of the shell and the rims of the holes are flush with the rest of the shell; these holes collectively make up. The columellar plate is not truncate below, sloping inward, its face concave; the rear of the shell is spiralled, the mantle and tentacles are black. The interior of the shell is pearly with green iridescence; the black abalone's shell length can reach a maximum of 20 cm, being 10–14 cm long. In the living animal, the tentacles on the epipodium, the mantle, the foot are black. Black abalones can be found along the Pacific coast of the United States from Mendocino County, California to Cabo San Lucas, Baja California, Mexico. Prehistoric distribution has been confirmed along much of this range from archaeological recovery at a variety of Pacific coastal Native American sites.
For example, Chumash peoples in central California were known to have been harvesting black abalone a millennium earlier in the Morro Bay area. The subspecies Haliotis cracherodii californiensis is found around Guadalupe Island, off Baja California. Black abalones cling to rocky surfaces in the low intertidal zone, up to 6 m deep, they can be found wedged into crevices and holes during low tide. They occur in areas of moderate to high surf. Juveniles tend to reside in crevices to reduce their risk of predation, but the larger adults will move out onto rock surfaces. Black abalone can live 30 years or more. Spawning occurs in early summer. Black abalone are broadcast spawners, successful spawning requires that individuals be grouped together. Larvae are free-swimming for between 5 and 14 days before they settle onto hard substrate near larger individuals, where they metamorphose into their adult form, develop a shell and settle onto a rock. Juveniles do not tend to disperse great distances, current populations of black abalone are composed of individuals that were spawned locally.
Juveniles settle in crevices and remain hidden until they reach 4 inches in length. At that point, adults congregate in tide pools, they are thought to be able to live for between 25 and 75 years, will begin to reproduce between three and seven years. Black abalones are herbivorous gastropods, feed on drift algae and kelp, their primary food species depend on the habitat. In southern California habitats, black abalones are thought to feed on the giant kelp and feather boa kelp, while in central and northern California habitats they feed on the bull kelp. Predators of this species other than mankind are sea otters and invertebrates, including crustaceans such as the striped shore crab, Pachygrapsus crassipes, spiny lobsters. Competition for space with other species is frequent. Humans have harvested black abalones along the California Coast for at least 10,000 years. On San Miguel Island, archaeological evidence shows that the Island Chumash people and their ancestors ate black abalone for millennia and used the shells to make fishhooks and ornaments.
After the Chumash and other California Indians were devastated by European diseases, sea otters were nearly eradicated from California waters by the historic fur trade, black abalone populations rebounded and attracted an intensive intertidal fishery conducted by Chinese immigrants from the 1850s to about 1900. Black abalone are listed on the International Union for Conservation of Nature's Red List as Critically Endangered. On June 23, 1999, the U. S. National Marine Fisheries Service designated the black abalone as a candidate for protection under the Endangered Species Act. On December 21, 2006, the Center for Biological Diversity submitted a pe
Shellfish is a food source and fisheries term for exoskeleton-bearing aquatic invertebrates used as food, including various species of molluscs and echinoderms. Although most kinds of shellfish are harvested from saltwater environments, some kinds are found in freshwater. In addition, a few species of land crabs are eaten, for example Cardisoma guanhumi in the Caribbean. Despite the name, shellfish are not a kind of fish, but are water-dwelling animals. Many varieties of shellfish are closely related to insects and arachnids, making up one of the main classes of the phylum Arthropoda. Cephalopods and bivalves are molluscs. Shellfish used as a food source by humans include many species of clams, oysters and scallops; some crustaceans that are eaten are shrimp, lobsters and crabs. Echinoderms are not as harvested for food as molluscs and crustaceans. Most shellfish eat a diet composed of phytoplankton and zooplankton. Shellfish are among the most common food allergens; the term shellfish is used both specifically.
In common parlance, as in having "shellfish" for dinner, it can refer to anything from clams and oysters to lobster and shrimp. For regulatory purposes it is narrowly defined as filter-feeding molluscs such as clams and oyster to the exclusion of crustaceans and all else. Although the term is applied to marine species, edible freshwater invertebrates such as crayfish and river mussels are sometimes grouped under the umbrella term "shellfish". Although their shells may differ, all shellfish are invertebrates; as non-mammalian animals that spend their entire lives in water they are "fish" in an informal sense. The word "shellfish" is both plural. Archaeological finds have shown that humans have been making use of shellfish as a food item for hundreds of thousands of years. In the present, shellfish dishes are a feature of all the cuisines of the world, providing an important source of protein in many cuisines around the world in the countries with coastal areas. In the Japanese cuisine, chefs use shellfish and their roe in different dishes.
Sushi features both cooked shellfish. Sashimi consists of fresh raw seafood, sliced into thin pieces. Both sushi and sashimi are served with soy sauce and wasabi paste, thinly sliced pickled ginger root, a simple garnish such as shiso or finely shredded daikon radish, or both. Lobster in particular is a great delicacy in the United States, where families in the Northeast region make them into the centerpiece of a clam bake for special occasions. Lobsters are eaten on much of the East Coast. A typical meal involves boiling the lobster with some slight seasoning and serving it with drawn butter, baked potato, corn on the cob. Clamming is done both commercially and recreationally along the Northeast coastline of the US. Various type of clams are incorporated into the cuisine of New England; the soft-shelled clam is fried or steamed. Many types of clams can be used for clam chowder, but the quahog, a hard shelled clam known as a chowder clam, is used because the long cooking time softens its tougher meat.
The Chesapeake Bay and Maryland region has been associated more with crabs, but in recent years the area has been trying to reduce its catch of blue crabs, as wild populations have been depleted. This has not, stemmed the demand: Maryland-style crabcakes are still a well known treat in crabhouses all over the bay, though the catch now comes from points farther south. In the Southeast, the gulf states, shrimping is an important industry. Copious amounts of shrimp are harvested each year in the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean to satisfy a national demand for shrimp. Locally and shrimp are deep fried. Crawfish are a well known and much eaten delicacy there boiled in huge pots and spiced. In many major cities with active fishing ports, raw oyster bars are a feature of shellfish consumption; when served freshly shucked and iced, one may find a liquid inside the shell, called the liquor. Some believe. Inter-tidal herbivorous shellfish such as mussels and clams can help people reach a healthy balance of omega-3 and omega-6 fats in their diets, instead of the current Western diets.
For this reason, the eating of shellfish is encouraged by dietitians. Shellfish are a rich source of the amino acid taurine. Shellfish is a common part of indigenous cuisines throughout the philippines; some popular dishes using shellfish: Ceviche Cioppino Callaloo Clam chowder Curanto Fruits de mer Paella Sashimi Shrimp cocktail Lobster bisque She-crab soup Sliced fish soup Sushi Shrimp Saganaki The Torah forbids the c
A fishery is an entity engaged in raising or harvesting fish, determined by some authority to be a fishery. According to the FAO, a fishery is defined in terms of the "people involved, species or type of fish, area of water or seabed, method of fishing, class of boats, purpose of the activities or a combination of the foregoing features"; the definition includes a combination of fish and fishers in a region, the latter fishing for similar species with similar gear types. A fishery may involve the capture of wild fish or raising fish through fish aquaculture. Directly or indirectly, the livelihood of over 500 million people in developing countries depends on fisheries and aquaculture. Overfishing, including the taking of fish beyond sustainable levels, is reducing fish stocks and employment in many world regions. A report by Prince Charles' International Sustainability Unit, the New York-based Environmental Defence Fund and 50in10 published in July 2014 estimated global fisheries were adding $270 billion a year to global GDP, but by full implementation of sustainable fishing, that figure could rise by as much as $50 billion.
In biology – the term fish is most used to describe any animal with a backbone that has gills throughout life and has limbs, if any, in the shape of fins. Many types of aquatic animals referred to as fish are not fish in this strict sense. In earlier times biologists did not make a distinction—sixteenth century natural historians classified seals, amphibians, crocodiles hippopotamuses, as well as a host of marine invertebrates, as fish. In fisheries – the term fish is used as a collective term, includes mollusks and any aquatic animal, harvested. True fish – The strict biological definition of a fish, above, is sometimes called a true fish. True fish are referred to as finfish or fin fish to distinguish them from other aquatic life harvested in fisheries or aquaculture. Fisheries are harvested for their value, they can be freshwater, wild or farmed. Examples are the salmon fishery of Alaska, the cod fishery off the Lofoten islands, the tuna fishery of the Eastern Pacific, or the shrimp farm fisheries in China.
Capture fisheries can be broadly classified as industrial scale, small-scale or artisanal, recreational. Close to 90 % of the world's fishery catches come from seas, as opposed to inland waters; these marine catches have remained stable since the mid-nineties. Most marine fisheries are based near the coast; this is not only because harvesting from shallow waters is easier than in the open ocean, but because fish are much more abundant near the coastal shelf, due to the abundance of nutrients available there from coastal upwelling and land runoff. However, productive wild fisheries exist in open oceans by seamounts, inland in lakes and rivers. Most fisheries are wild fisheries. Farming can occur in coastal areas, such as with oyster farms, but more occur inland, in lakes, ponds and other enclosures. There are species fisheries worldwide for finfish, mollusks and echinoderms, by extension, aquatic plants such as kelp. However, a small number of species support the majority of the world's fisheries.
Some of these species are herring, anchovy, flounder, squid, salmon, lobster and scallops. All except these last four provided a worldwide catch of well over a million tonnes in 1999, with herring and sardines together providing a harvest of over 22 million metric tons in 1999. Many other species are harvested in smaller numbers. Cullis-Suzuki S and Pauly D "Failing the high seas: A global evaluation of regional fisheries management organizations" Marine Policy, 34 pp 1036–1042. FAO: Types of fisheries Hart PJB and Reynolds JD Handbook of fish biology and fisheries Wiley-Blackwell. ISBN 978-0-632-05412-1 Fisheries at Curlie FAO Fisheries Department and its SOFIA report The Fishery Resources Monitoring System The International Institute of Fisheries Economics and Trade Dynamic Changes in Marine Ecosystems: Fishing, Food Webs, Future Options, U. S. National Academy of Sciences UNEP/GEF South China Sea Project and its Fisheries Refugia Portal and National Reports on Fish Stocks and Habitats in the South China Sea World Fisheries Day: Seafood for Thought and World Fisheries from Sea to Table slideshow on the Smithsonian Ocean Portal Hawes, J. W..
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Predation is a biological interaction where one organism, the predator and eats another organism, its prey. It is one of a family of common feeding behaviours that includes parasitism and micropredation and parasitoidism, it is distinct from scavenging on dead prey, though many predators scavenge. Predators may search for prey or sit and wait for it; when prey is detected, the predator assesses. This may involve pursuit predation, sometimes after stalking the prey. If the attack is successful, the predator kills the prey, removes any inedible parts like the shell or spines, eats it. Predators are adapted and highly specialized for hunting, with acute senses such as vision, hearing, or smell. Many predatory animals, both vertebrate and invertebrate, have sharp claws or jaws to grip and cut up their prey. Other adaptations include aggressive mimicry that improve hunting efficiency. Predation has a powerful selective effect on prey, the prey develop antipredator adaptations such as warning coloration, alarm calls and other signals, mimicry of well-defended species, defensive spines and chemicals.
Sometimes predator and prey find themselves in an evolutionary arms race, a cycle of adaptations and counter-adaptations. Predation has been a major driver of evolution since at least the Cambrian period. At the most basic level, predators eat other organisms. However, the concept of predation is broad, defined differently in different contexts, includes a wide variety of feeding methods. A parasitoid, such as an ichneumon wasp, lays its eggs on its host. Zoologists call this a form of parasitism, though conventionally parasites are thought not to kill their hosts. A predator can be defined to differ from a parasitoid in two ways: it kills its prey immediately. There are other borderline cases. Micropredators are small animals that, like predators, feed on other organisms. However, since they do not kill their hosts, they are now thought of as parasites. Animals that graze on phytoplankton or mats of microbes are predators, as they consume and kill their food organisms. However, when animals eat seeds or eggs, they are consuming entire living organisms, which by definition makes them predators, albeit unconventional ones: for instance, a mouse that eats grass seeds has no adaptations for tracking and subduing prey and its teeth are not adapted to slicing through flesh.
Scavengers, organisms that only eat organisms found dead, are not predators, but many predators such as the jackal and the hyena scavenge when the opportunity arises. Among invertebrates, social wasps are both scavengers of other insects. While examples of predators among mammals and birds are well known, predators can be found in a broad range of taxa, they are common among insects, including mantids, dragonflies and scorpionflies. In some species such as the alderfly, only the larvae are predatory. Spiders are predatory, as well as other terrestrial invertebrates such as scorpions. In marine environments, most cnidarians, ctenophora and flatworms are predatory. Among crustaceans, crabs and barnacles are predators, in turn crustaceans are preyed on by nearly all cephalopods. Seed predation is restricted to mammals and insects and is found in all terrestrial ecosystems. Egg predation includes both specialist egg predators such as some colubrid snakes and generalists such as foxes and badgers that opportunistically take eggs when they find them.
Some plants, like the pitcher plant, the Venus fly trap and the sundew, are carnivorous and consume insects. Some carnivorous fungi catch nematodes using either active traps in the form of constricting rings, or passive traps with adhesive structures. Many species of protozoa and bacteria prey on other microorganisms. Among freshwater and marine zooplankton, whether single-celled or multi-cellular, predatory grazing on phytoplankton and smaller zooplankton is common, found in many species of nanoflagellates, ciliates, rotifers, a diverse range of meroplankton animal larvae, two groups of crustaceans, namely copepods and cladocerans. To feed, a predator must search for and kill its prey; these actions form a foraging cycle. The predator must decide. If it chooses pursuit, its physical capabilities determine the mode of pursuit. Having captured the prey, it may need to expend energy handling it (e.g. killing it, removing any shell or
Santa Barbara, California
Santa Barbara is the county seat of Santa Barbara County in the U. S. state of California. Situated on a south-facing section of coastline, the longest such section on the West Coast of the United States, the city lies between the steeply rising Santa Ynez Mountains and the Pacific Ocean. Santa Barbara's climate is described as Mediterranean, the city has been promoted as the "American Riviera"; as of 2014, the city had an estimated population of 91,196, up from 88,410 in 2010, making it the second most populous city in the county after Santa Maria. The contiguous urban area, which includes the cities of Goleta and Carpinteria, along with the unincorporated regions of Isla Vista, Mission Canyon, Hope Ranch and others, has an approximate population of 220,000; the population of the entire county in 2010 was 423,895. In addition to being a popular tourist and resort destination, the city economy includes a large service sector, technology, health care, agriculture and local government. In 2004, the service sector accounted for 35% of local employment.
Education in particular is well represented, with four institutions of higher learning on the south coast. The Santa Barbara Airport serves the city, Santa Barbara Aviation provides jet charter aircraft and train service is provided by Amtrak the Pacific Surfliner which runs from San Diego to San Luis Obispo). U. S. Highway 101 connects the Santa Barbara area with Los Angeles to the southeast and San Francisco to the northwest. Behind the city, in and beyond the Santa Ynez Mountains, is the Los Padres National Forest, which contains several remote wilderness areas. Channel Islands National Park and Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary are located 20 miles offshore. Evidence of human habitation of the area begins at least 13,000 years ago. Evidence for a Paleoindian presence includes a fluted Clovis-like point found in the 1980s along the western Santa Barbara County coast, as well as the remains of Arlington Springs Man, found on Santa Rosa Island in the 1960s. An estimated 8,000 to 10,000 Chumash lived on the south coast of Santa Barbara County at the time of the first European explorations.
Five Chumash villages flourished in the area. The present-day area of Santa Barbara City College was the village of Mispu. Portuguese explorer João Cabrilho, sailing for the Kingdom of Spain, sailed through what is now called the Santa Barbara Channel in 1542, anchoring in the area. In 1602, Spanish maritime explorer Sebastián Vizcaíno gave the name "Santa Barbara" to the channel and to one of the Channel Islands. A land expedition led by Gaspar de Portolà visited around 1769, Franciscan missionary Juan Crespi, who accompanied the expedition, named a large native town "Laguna de la Concepcion". Cabrillo's earlier name, however, is the one; the first permanent European residents were Spanish missionaries and soldiers under Felipe de Neve, who came in 1782 to build the Presidio. They were sent both to fortify the region against expansion by other powers such as England and Russia, to convert the natives to Christianity. Many of the Spaniards brought their families with them, those formed the nucleus of the small town – at first just a cluster of adobes – that surrounded the Presidio of Santa Barbara.
The Santa Barbara Mission was established on the Feast of Saint Barbara, December 4, 1786. It was the tenth of the California Missions to be founded by the Spanish Franciscans, it was dedicated by Padre Fermín Lasuén, who succeeded Padre Junipero Serra as the second president and founder of the California Franciscan Mission Chain. The Mission fathers began the slow work of converting the native Chumash to Christianity, building a village for them on the Mission grounds; the Chumash laborers built a connection between the canyon creek and the Santa Barbara Mission water system through the use of a dam and an aqueduct. During the following decades, many of the natives died of diseases such as smallpox, against which they had no natural immunity; the most dramatic event of the Spanish period was the powerful 1812 earthquake, tsunami, with an estimated magnitude of 7.1, which destroyed the Mission as well as the rest of the town. The Mission was rebuilt by 1820 after the earthquake. Following the earthquake, the Mission fathers chose to rebuild in a grander manner, it is this construction that survives to the present day, the best-preserved of the California Missions, still functioning as an active church by the Franciscans.
After the Mexican government secularized the missions in the 1830s, the baptismal and burial records of other missions were transferred to Santa Barbara, now found in the Santa Barbara Mission Archive-Library. C-SPAN has produced a program on the mission archive-library; the Spanish period ended in 1822 with the end of the Mexican War of Independence, which terminated 300 years of colonial rule. The flag of Mexico went up the flagpole at the Presidio, but only for 24 years. Santa Barbara street names reflect this time period as well; the names de le Guerra and Carrillo come from citizens of the town of this time. They were instrumental in building up the town, so they were honored by having streets after them. After the forced secularization of the Missions in 1833
Haliotis rufescens is a species of large edible sea snail in the family Haliotidae, the abalones, ormer shells or paua. It is distributed from Canada, to Baja California, Mexico, it is most common in the southern half of its range. Red abalone is the largest and most common abalone found in the northern part of the state of California, it is the only species of abalone still harvested there, though on a restricted basis. Red abalone live in rocky areas with kelp, they feed on the kelp species that grow in their home range, including giant kelp, feather boa kelp, bull kelp. Juveniles eat coralline algae and diatoms, they are found from the intertidal zone to water more than 180 m deep, but are most common between 6 and 40 m. The red abalone's shell length can reach a maximum of 31 cm, making it the largest species of abalone in the world; the shell is large and dome-shaped. It is a brick red color externally; the shell has three or four oval holes or respiratory pores. These holes collectively make up.
The inside of the shell is iridescent and has a large central muscle. This species was used as the subject in a study of the microscopic development of nacre. Below the edge of the shell, the black epipodium and tentacles can be seen; the underside of the foot is yellowish white in color. Red abalones are subject to a chronic and lethal disease: the withering syndrome or abalone wasting disease; this disease has had a poorly understood impact on the species overall, but populations still seem low. Red abalone has been used since prehistoric times—red abalone shells have been found in Channel Island archaeological sites dated to nearly 12,000 years old. Red abalone middens—refuse deposits where red abalone shells are a major constituent—are abundant in archaeological sites of the Northern Channel Islands dated between about 7500 and 3500 years ago; the Native American Chumash peoples harvested this species along the Central California coast in the pre-contact era. The Chumash and other California Indians used red abalone shells to make a variety of fishhooks, beads and other artifacts.
In the 1980s, an employee of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, farming abalone in California imported some South African abalone and failed to quarantine them. With the abalone were introduced the non-native polychaete worm Terebrassabella heterouncinata; this worm escaped into the ocean at Cayucos, where an abalone farm had long been established. It entered the wild at many other sites. Scientists at the University of California, Santa Barbara and the Department of Fish and Wildlife joined the staff of the abalone farm and many volunteers to eradicate the pest. Shortly after this, another disease of abalone appeared on Santa Cruz Island, it spread to the mainland of California. This bacterial disease proved to be devastating to both farmed populations, it was named "withering syndrome" because the abalones starved to death when food was plentiful. This was because the bacterium infested the digestive tract of the abalones and prevented digestion and absorption of kelp, the abalone's primary food source.
The bacterium is a member of the family Rickettsiaceae. Coincidentally, withering syndrome first appeared a few years after H. midae were imported into California, near Smugglers Cove on Santa Cruz Island, adjacent to the area where seaweed was harvested for an abalone farm at Port Hueneme, California. Its spread was aided by the Department of Fish and Game, which planted infected abalone into the wild north of Point Conception; this bacterium attacks several species of abalone. It causes the foot muscle to atrophy, causing lethargy and starvation; the infected abalone can not move along the right itself when upended. The disease is fatal. Withering syndrome and habitat loss has been responsible for the listing of black abalone and white abalone as Endangered Species; the United States Fish and Wildlife Service will begin a program to reintroduce abalone. Withering syndrome has struck all the abalone farms in California at one time or another, has been spread to Iceland and Ireland by the export of infected California Red Abalone, H. rufescens.
Abalone exported to Israel before H. midae were imported to California were not reported to have withering syndrome. Black abalone, red abalone, green abalone, white abalone, two other species of abalone have disappeared from Southern California because of withering syndrome, while the Northern California populations have remained more numerous because of the colder waters. Green abalone and white abalone are now not common in Northern California, whereas they were once numerous in Southern California, black abalone may become extinct in the near future; because of the destruction of most wild populations, abalone farming has become a booming business. Unlike some aquaculture operations, the farming of abalone is considered to be a form of sustainable agriculture. Few chemicals are used in the process and the abalone are fed locally harvested kelp, which promptly grows back in abundance; some algae is grown for the purpose, as well. In 1916, documentation of the modern California fishery began.
Fishing for these abalone populations peaked in the 1950s and 1960s and was followed by a decline in all five abalone species, green, pink and black. Prior to this point, the fishery seemed sustainable with the increase in species that could be fished and the expansion of fishing areas. Dise
Channel Islands (California)
The Channel Islands form an eight-island archipelago along the Santa Barbara Channel in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of southern California. Five of the islands are part of Channel Islands National Park, the waters surrounding these islands make up Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary; the islands were first colonized by the Chumash and Tongva Native Americans 13,000 years ago, who were displaced by Spaniards who used the islands for fishing and agriculture. The U. S. military uses the islands as training grounds, weapons test sites, as a strategic defensive location. The Channel Islands and the surrounding waters house a diverse ecosystem with many endemic species and subspecies; the islands harbor 150 unique species of plant that are found only on the Islands and nowhere else in the world. The eight islands are split among the jurisdictions of three separate California counties: Santa Barbara County, Ventura County, Los Angeles County; the islands are divided into two groups. The four northern Islands used to be a single landmass known as Santa Rosae.
The archipelago extends for 160 miles between San Miguel Island in the north and San Clemente Island in the south. Together, the islands' land area totals about 346 square miles. Five of the islands were made into the Channel Islands National Park in 1980; the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary encompasses the waters six nautical miles off these islands. Santa Catalina Island is the only one of the eight islands with a significant permanent civilian settlement—the resort city of Avalon and the unincorporated town of Two Harbors. University of Southern California houses its USC Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies marine lab in Two Harbors. Natural seepage of oil occurs at several places in the Santa Barbara Channel. Tar balls or pieces of tar in small numbers are found on the beaches. Native Americans used occurring tar, for a variety of purposes which include roofing, waterproofing and some ceremonial purposes; the Channel Islands at low elevations are frost-free and constitute one of the few such areas in the 48 contiguous US states.
It snows only on higher mountain peaks. Separated from the California mainland throughout recent geological history, the Channel Islands provide the earliest evidence for human seafaring in the Americas, it is the site of the discovery of the earliest paleontological evidence of humans in North America. The northern Channel Islands are now known to have been settled by maritime Paleo-Indian peoples at least 13,000 years ago. Archaeological sites on the island provide a unique and invaluable record of human interaction with Channel Island marine and terrestrial ecosystems from the late Pleistocene to historic times; the Anacapa Island Archeological District is a 700-acre historic district, listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1979. The northern islands were occupied by the island Chumash, while the southern islands were occupied by the Tongva. Author Scott O'Dell wrote about the indigenous peoples living on the island in his novel Island of the Blue Dolphins. Aleut hunters visited the islands to hunt otters in the early 1800s.
The Aleuts purportedly clashed with the native Chumash. Aleut interactions with the natives were detailed in O'Dell's book; the Chumash and Tongva were removed from the islands in the early 19th century and taken to Spanish missions and pueblos on the adjacent mainland. For a century, the Channel Islands were used for ranching and fishing activities, which had significant impacts on island ecosystems, including the local extinction of sea otters, bald eagles, other species. Several of the islands were used by whalers in the 1930s to hunt for sperm whales. With most of the Channel Islands now managed by federal agencies or conservation groups, the restoration of the island ecosystems has made significant progress. An example of conservation progress has been the bald eagle, threatened due to DDT contamination, but whose populations are now recovering. With the help of scientists from the USC Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies, the Catalina Island Fox has recovered from a low of 100 individual foxes to over 1,500 foxes in 2018.
In 1972, in "a bit of political theater”, twenty-six Brown Berets sailed to Catalina Island on tourist boats, set up a small encampment near the town of Avalon, put up a Mexican flag and claimed the island on behalf of all Chicanos, citing the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo. Twenty-four days sheriff's deputies took everyone back to the mainland. Channel Islands National Park's mainland visitor center received 342,000 visitors in 2014; the islands attract around 70,000 tourists a year, most during the summer. Visitors can travel to the islands via public airplane transportation. Camping grounds are available on Anacapa, Santa Rosa, Santa Cruz, San Miguel, Santa Barbara Islands in the Channel Islands National Park. Attractions include whale watching, snorkeling and camping; the United States Navy controls San Nicolas Island and San Clemente Island, has installations elsewhere in the chain. During World War II all of southern California’s Channel Islands were put under military control, including the civilian-populated Santa Catalina where tourism was halted and established residents needed permits to travel to and from the mainland.
San Miguel Island was used as a bombing range and Santa Barbara Island as an early warning outpost under the presumed threat of a