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AltaSea Marine Biology Center Coming to San Pedro

Aerial view of port of Long Beach and Los Angeles harbors.

CSULB’s renowned marine biology program will benefit from a visionary plan to convert a disused San Pedro dock and warehouse complex into a state-of-the-art marine research and business development center called AltaSea.

Outgoing Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa along with representatives from CSULB and other universities, plus government, business and philanthropic organizations, were on hand June 17 to announce the project that will turn the Port of Los Angeles’ former City Dock No. 1 into a world-class science and business facility during the next 15 to 20 years.

The 28-acre facility will operate as a nonprofit public-private partnership and will contain marine science labs, public education and business innovation spaces, plus deep-draft berths for research vessels.

CSULB faculty and students will continue to use campus facilities along with AltaSea, which will become the new home of the Southern California Marine Institute, a consortium that includes eight campuses of the CSU Ocean Studies Institute as well as USC, UCLA and Occidental College.

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