I’ve begun a partnership with these organizations to aid in bringing attention (and possibly funding) to the plight of our very special kelp forests off the coast of Northern California. Did you know that these forests—the home to countless creatures—have been almost entirely wiped out due to a perfect storm of environmental factors?
If this were occurring on land there would be a public uproar, but since it is taking place underwater, few people know the horrendous impact warming seas and an ecosystem out of balance is having on these delicate forests.
Purple sea urchins have eaten much of the bull kelp forests and have created urchin barrens, effectively a dead zone where the kelp cannot take root again.
Already the loss of the forests (and the corresponding overabundance of purple urchins) has caused the State of California to have to shut down the abalone season this year. The abalone are realistically not coming back as long as urchin barrens hold sway off our coast.