The Aquaculture and Bay Management Project (ABMP) focuses its research on the bays and estuaries of California. Over 20 large bays individually covering 500 acres or more currently exist along the state's 3,400 miles of tidal shoreline. This group includes San Francisco, Humboldt, Morro, Tomales, Bodega, and San Diego bays, with San Francisco Bay being the largest. California bays and estuaries sit at the confluence of terrestrial, freshwater, and marine ecosystems. They are partially enclosed water bodies influenced by the tides of the Pacific Ocean. Estuaries are often referred to as "nurseries of the ocean" because many marine species spend much of their early life stages there. Several species of fish, birds, invertebrates, and marine mammals use these areas for feeding, over-wintering or breeding.
The ABMP strives to manage California bays and estuaries through an ecosystem-based approach in collaboration with universities, agencies, businesses, public stakeholders, and fishermen. Staff is committed to maintaining the health of wild and cultured marine species through disease monitoring and sustainable fisheries management. Staff participates in monitoring, assessment, and management activities of marine finfish and shellfish, including white seabass, Pacific oysters, abalone, and Pacific herring.