Thank You Ocean.
A coalition of volunteers that includes fishermen, and nonprofits groups banded together to repair a kelp forest that was striped of life by pollution and an imbalanced ecosystem.
After 15 years of scientific monitoring, research, and planning, the
Santa Monica Bay Restoration Foundation (SMBRF) with funding and
technical assistance from NOAA’s Montrose Settlements Restoration
Program (MSRP) begins a large-scale kelp forest restoration project off
the coast of California’s Palos Verdes peninsula this July. SMBRF will
bring kelp forests back to life in an area that has experienced a 75%
loss of kelp canopy.
Nearly 100 acres of reef habitat along the Palos Verdes coast is
covered by “urchin barrens,” where the densities of urchins are
extremely high and kelp plants are non-existent. Sea urchins are spiny
marine invertebrates that live on rocky reef substrates and feed mostly
on algae. When sea urchin populations are kept stable, they are an
important part of a healthy kelp forest ecosystem.