Map showing control and kelp restoration areas.
Map shows Tanker's Reef project boundary in red. Eastern control area is separated from active kelp restoration area by a wide sand channel that urchins are unlikely to cross. Monitoring by Reef Check, Monterey National Marine Sanctuary, and California Dept. of Fish and Wildlife is conducted in spring and fall on both the control plot and the cable grid where urchins are being culled by certified Kelp Restoration Divers (PADI, NAUI, and Reef Check).
In collaboration with CDFW, the MBNMS and OPC, Reef Check is charged with measuring any ecological changes in the background environment to compare to the restoration efforts throughout the project’s duration.
Reef Check Seminar: Kelp Forest Restoration in Monterey Beginning at 38:43, Dan Abbott, the Director of Reef Check’s Kelp Forest Program, presents monitoring data from 2021, the first year of the Tanker's Reef Project.