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As a steward of the natural resources in the harbor, the Port's challenge is to ensure that wildlife continues to thrive and that the quality of wildlife habitats is not only maintained but improved wherever possible. The Green Port wildlife programs work in conjunction with federal and state wildlife programs to meet that challenge.

Program Goal

  • Protect, maintain or restore aquatic ecosystems and marine habitats

The Port monitors wildlife by tracking several indicators of habitat quality, including the abundance of birds and the number of fish species found in the harbor during periodic biological surveys.

Recent Accomplishments

  • Funded a Sea Grant publication that describes the harbor environment and documents the improvements in habitat quality and enhancement of wildlife, including the number of fish species in the harbor, in the past 30 years.
  • Completed the seventh year of monitoring the results of the Port’s relocation of a large black-crowned night heron colony from the former Naval Station to the Navy Mole in 1998.
  • Provided an additional $11.4 million towards the Bolsa Chica wetlands restoration project, which will allow the creation of more high-quality wetlands habitat in one of the last Southern California coastal salt marshes. The Port has provided more than $50 million in total toward the restoration.

In Progress

  • Monitoring protected species that could be affected by Port projects, including peregrine falcons, least terns, and black-crowned night herons.
  • Providing educational materials concerning ballast water regulations and practices to vessel captains in support of the state and federal invasive species prevention programs.

Upcoming Activities

  • The next harbor-wide biological survey to document the numbers and kinds of marine organisms inhabiting harbor habitats is being conducted.
  • The Port, working with Long Beach city officials, local citizens’ groups and resource agencies, are examining possible restoration projects at Long Beach’s Colorado Lagoon and Rainbow Lagoon.
  • The Port is helping fund and develop an exhibit and educational program by the Long Beach Aquarium of the Pacific that will highlight the harbor habitat and show how human activities affect its inhabitants.

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