The objective of restoration efforts was to restore lost Macrocystis forests and their associated biological and economic value. This site is near popular diving and recreational fishing sites, so kelp enhancement was also judged to potentially enhance these recreational activities.
Site Selection Criteria:
A site was selected with historical Macrocystis beds, near to popular recreational fishing and diving sites, where past restoration (removal of urchins) had already taken place.
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.