Grant to aid kelp forests

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Posted by on August 09, 2005 at 00:42:30:

EFFORTS to restore kelp forests off Southern California received a $220,000 boost from a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration grant last week.

The money will help the California Coastkeeper Alliance fund part of a three-year program to recover kelp, a habitat for bocaccio, black sea bass, sea otters and other imperiled wildlife. The group grows kelp and transplants it in the ocean.

Hungry sea urchins, power plant effluent and polluted runoff have degraded kelp, says alliance biologist and project manager Dirk Burcham.

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