ABOUT


AltaSea at the Port of Los Angeles is poised to become the premier site where the best of science, business, and education come together to protect the oceans for future generations, while inspiring our youth and invigorating our economy. AltaSea is fortifying Los Angeles as the hub of the Blue Economy and, as a result, will find ocean-based solutions for mankind’s most pressing challenges. We are passionate about providing the next generation of scientists, ocean explorers, educators, and entrepreneurs with the opportunities necessary to find solutions to food and climate  security while also developing new technologies that will advance ocean exploration, clean energy security and protect the environment.

Ocean-related education is a vital component in preparing all students for Ocean STEM fields and our emphasis is on building a talented, diverse and inclusive  workforce. Project Blue is AltaSea’s ocean education program that includes a wide  variety of learning resources and internship opportunities. The Project Blue Research Mentorship Program for high school students offers two separate opportunities, Regenerative Aquaculture or Ocean Literacy Through Journalism. Students will be expected to commit 4 hours a week for 6 weeks commencing on Monday, June 20, 2022.

The Regenerative Aquaculture program will require students to work alongside USC mentoring graduate students in the Nuzhdin Aquaculture Lab at the AltaSea campus  performing duties necessary in kelp and seaweed husbandry in relation to the mentor’s research. High school students will keep weekly notes and write a 2 page scientific review (review outline template to follow) of their experience to be submitted to AltaSea staff at the end of the summer program, July 29, 2022.

Those students preferring a virtual program will work with AltaSea’s journalist and blogger, Emily Vidovich. High school students will learn to research and write informative Blue Ocean Economy articles. Student blogs will be published on the AltaSea website.

Upon program completion, students following each pathway will receive 24 volunteer hours of service helping them achieve an optimal college application packet.

APPLICATION DUE MAY 31, 2022 AT 5:00 PM

Click here for application.

2021 Student Papers


A Comparative Analysis of the Sustainability of Monoculture and Integrated Multitrophic Aquaculture (IMTA) Systems


Focus: Aquaculture

Student Author: Taylor Woetzel

Grade Level: Senior

Mentor: Nathan Churches Ph.D. Co-Founder & Chief Science Officer, Holdfast Aquaculture