The Fish and Game Commission unanimously permission to cull urchins at Tanker's Reef in Monterey. Caspar Cove got 3 more months and 3 more years. Yay!
Much thanks to everyone that spoke today in support of Petition 2020-001! In order of appearance:
Marc Shargel, Genevieve Rohe, Melanie Moreno, Dannie, Alan Throop, Sabrina Wong, Wendy King, Lauren McKenzie, Tony Lin, Faye Lin, Dan Abbott, Josh Maxwell, Tom Baker, Tom Shields, Rose Zhang, Jennifer Caselle, William Chinnock, Nancy Caruso, Geoff Shester, Robert Halem, and Karen Grimmer.
Congratulations to all! We did it!
Culling cannot begin for a few months. We are anticipating a March, 2021 start date. Details will be available here when they are finalized.
The BAD news: The Commission did not approve restoration within any Marine Protected Areas, where kelp forests are being rapidly consumed by the exploding urchin population.
How you can help
For future Fish and Game Commission meetings we will ask you once again to write how you feel about watching the destruction of kelp forests within Marine Protected Areas.
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Sea urchins have already eaten much of the Kelp Forest of Monterey Peninsula and beyond. Why are there so many urchins? Sea stars are major predators of urchins. Beginning in 2013, Sea Star Wasting Disease caused a massive die-off of sea stars on the west coast. From 2014-16, an exceptionally warm water blob hugged the west coast, inhibiting kelp growth. Purple urchin populations exploded to up to five hundred times their normal numbers. They quickly ate all of their normal diet of seaweed scraps, and began to attack living kelp.
This beautifully crafted, 12 minute video was generously created by Coriolis Films for the Giant Giant Kelp Restoration Project. It explains the root causes of the Monterey Bay sea urchin explosion and what our project is doing to remove urchins and restore kelp forests.
Watch for a feature-length documentary on the plight of kelp forests by Coriolis Films in the coming months.
Please help get the Urchin culling & Kelp restoration Petition passed.
Petition summary: Allows recreational divers with CA fishing licenses to collect 40 gallons of urchins each day from
Lovers Cove State Marine Reserve and Tanker’s Reef in Monterey. The goal is to reduce urchin populations to their normal, sustainable level so that kelp forests can re-grow. Learn more about Petition 2020-001 >
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