The Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta and Suisun Marsh are "novel ecosystems" that function almost completely differently than the ecosystems in which they evolved. The prominent California fish biologist Peter Moyle made this case at the October 2014 Bay-Delta Science Conference in Sacramento, and Chris Austin summarized the presentation today in her Maven's Notebook blog.
“If we think in terms of novel ecosystems, maybe we’ll think of some novel approaches to conserving the native species or at least novel approaches to management," Moyle said. "It means we don’t have to be stuck with our standard way of doing things.”
Moyle is associate director at UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences.
Photo: Fairfield and Suisun City bump against Suisun Marsh. By Peter Moyle, UC Davis