Restoration Project

University of California Institute of Marine Science - Cameo Shores

Restoration Objective:

The objective of restoration efforts was to restore lost Macrocystis forests and their associated biological and economic value.

Site Selection Criteria:

A site was selected with historical Macrocystis beds.

Cause Of Decline:

Two years of abnormally high sea surface temperatures from 1957 - 1959 caused the complete loss of the last remaining Macrocystis stands along Paolo Verde.

Key Reasons For Decline:

Ocean warming

Scientific Paper

Annual Report, Kelp Habitat Improvement Project 1974-1975. California Institute of Technology

W. North, , p.147.

Organisation:

University of California Institute of Marine Science

Site Observations:

Observation Date

15th Jun 1968 – 15th Jun 1975

Action Summary:

In 1968, researchers transplanted adult Macrocystis to a reef lying on the southern boundary of Cameo Shores.

Lessons Learned:

None reported

Project Outcomes:

Macrocystis failed to re-establish in the region from Pelican Point to Newport Bay for a period of 12 to 14 years.

Nature of Disturbance:

Sedimentation and warm water caused loss of transplants.

Key Reasons For Decline:

Ocean warming

Indicator Data:

Indicator:

Ending Value:

Starting Value:

Presence / Absence of Kelp

Costings:
Cost Currency:USD