This guidebook includes TBF’s work on the Palos Verdes Restoration Project on page 71.
Updated interview with Tom Ford and Heather Burdick of the Bay Foundation about the magic of kelp forests, their importance in mitigating climate change, the role of sea urchins, and restoration of abalone off the coast of Los Angeles.
This infographic depicts the story of white abalone and what TBF is doing to restore their populations.
The kelp forests of Santa Monica Bay once teemed with seven species of abalone—red, pink, green, white, black, pinto, and flat. Through overharvesting in the past century, loss of kelp habitat, and disease, all seven species found in southern California have been nearly wiped out. As the primary sea urchin competitor, these large underwater snails… Continue reading Abalone Restoration Program
The Santa Monica Bay region needs a Comprehensive Monitoring Program (CMP) to inform the community and interested stakeholders on the status and trends of the condition of key habitats. The purpose of the CMP is to provide a framework to use monitoring data to inform managers, practitioners, and the public on conditions and trends that… Continue reading Santa Monica Bay National Estuary Program Comprehensive Monitoring Program – April 2021
These sea creatures are on quite the California adventure. The baby white abalone started their lives in the UC Davis Bodega Marine Lab in Northern California. This week they boarded a private plane for a trip south, where they’ll vacation in labs and aquariums, eating buffets of kelp and hanging out to grow just a… Continue reading 11,000 Baby Abalone Will Be Planted at a Secret Spot off the Southern California Coast
Annual report of Kelp Restoration Activities, including Stated Components in Scientific Collecting Permit (SCP). Prepared for the California Department of Fish and Wildlife.
Have you ever gone to a sushi restaurant and wondered what is “uni”? …Civilizations as ancient as Rome have indulged in these gourmet gonads, but despite modern technologies, fishing for sea urchins remains far from easy or automated. Jason Wise, founder of the online streaming service SOMM TV, documents the lives of hardworking Santa Barbara… Continue reading A Taste of the Sea: Nature Documentary ‘The Delicacy’ Dives Into Humankind’s Obsession with Sea Urchin Uni
10-year old Christian Amyx interviews TBF’s Tom Ford about kelp and abalone restoration, making science and technology easy for 1st-6th graders.
Kelp need our help. Which is why an unprecedented alliance of scientists, fishers, surfers, entrepreneurs, and experts is coming together to revive California’s vital kelp ecosystem, decimated by a warming ocean. “The California coast without kelp is like the Amazon without trees,” says Tom Ford, executive director of the Bay Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to restoring… Continue reading California’s Critical Kelp Forests are Disappearing in a Warming World. Can They Be Saved?