Restoration Project

University of California institute of Marine Science - Newport to Pelican bay

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 1970 – 15th Jun 1975

Action Summary:

Cultures of embryonic kelp plants were dispersed in the region west of Pelican Point.

Lessons Learned:

Multiple rounds of culture releases were used.

Project Outcomes:

Macrocystis has now returned throughout this part of the coast

Key Reasons For Decline:

Ocean warming

Area of Restoration (In Square Metres)

19,976

Indicator Data:

Indicator:

Ending Value:

Starting Value:

Area

264300
m2
67777
m2
Costings:
Cost Currency:USD