This map is from our application to State and County agencies for Phase I - Proof of Concept
Thousands of acres of sand-dwelling kelp beds, along the southern California coast, were lost in the winter of 1982-1983. None of those once commercially productive have naturally returned. The 215 acre giant kelp bed in Goleta bay kept the prevailing current heading east and down coast.
Over the past 35 years, the +200' wide beach along the Goleta bay coast has also disappeared. This unprecedented loss of beach sand is due to the loss of the enormous kelp bed in Goleta bay.
We have developed a kelp recruiting and growing system that will assist the natural recovery of giant kelp plants. The proof of concept phase has been underway since 2015 and now that we have seen some success we are pursuing phase II - Methods, Materials and Density