This video by Stephen Pacetti shows a dive through Coral Street on April 18, 2022. Coral Street, Pacific Grove, CA is just one of the many urchin barrens within Marine Protected Areas of the Monterey Bay. Prior to 2014 this dive site supported a lush, high biodiversity kelp forest.
Our petition to restore kelp at this site was denied by the California Fish & Game Commission in Feb. 2022.
G2KR submitted a new petition in Dec. 2021 to the California Fish and Game Commission to allow expansion or our successful kelp restoration work into Ed Ricketts State Marine Conservation Area, Pacific Grove Marine Gardens State Marine Conservation Area, and Carmel Bay State Marine Conservation Area. All three "protected" areas have experienced huge kelp losses and have extensive, persistent urchin barrens.
Our petition was denied. We plan to keep trying!