Collection Data

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King Harbor, Redondo Beach 1975–1978

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This collection was part of a coordinated study of the ecosystem in the King Harbor area (Redondo Beach, California). The study had two main criteria: (1) to separate the influence of Southern California Edison's activities from those of the other man-made and natural stresses in the area; (2) to provide information that can be used to help predict the possible impact of future power generating plants on the southern California marine environment.


This study was funded by Southern California Edison. Dale Straughan was the principal investigator on the substrate component. She was with the Institute of Marine and Coastal Studies at the University of Southern California. The fish population component of this study was directed by Dr. J. Stevens.

Straughan, Dale. 1975. Influence of Power Generating Facilities on Southern California Coastal Waters. Phase I: Study of Environomental Conditions in King Harbor April 1, 1974 - March 31, 1975. Report on the Field Biology. Submitted to Southern California Edison.

Collection Location and Dates

King Harbor is located near the southern end of Santa Monica Bay, close to the mouth of the Redondo Canyon. Samples were collected between September 1975 to August 1978. The substrate component was divided into four categories:

1. Intertidal unstable substrate (sandy beaches)
2. Subtidal unstable substrate (benthic sediments)
3. Intertidal stable substrate (rock and concrete walls and piers)
4. Subtidal stable substrate (rock and concrete walls and piers)

Taxonomic Contents

Vermetid mollusks, bivalves, gastropods, polychaetes, crustaceans, echinoderms, tunicates, algae.


There is no auxiliary hard copy documentation for these specimens. All data is contained on the specimen labels.

Description of Collection

The collection is presently preserved in 70% ethanol. The original fixative was formalin for the algae samples. The collection is housed on the MBPC shelves in the LACM Polychaete Collection Range.

Collection Inventory

Thirty seven of the sixty two lots contain unsorted vermetid mollusks with some crustaceans, polychaetes and echinoderms. There are two gallon jars of tunicates and twenty one lots are primarily algae samples mixed with invertebrates. Two additional lots are polychaetes and crustaceans sorted into vials.

Collection Assets

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08/05/2008 View [1808.0 kB] Vermetid mollusks. Photo by K. Omura.
08/05/2008 View [1949.2 kB] Algae. Photo by K. Omura.
08/05/2008 View [1123.6 kB] Vials with polychaete worms. Photo by K. Omura.

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