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  California Kelp Forests Need Your Help!  
Left: Bull kelp forest and Pile Perch in Big Sur. Right: Giant kelp forest and Blue Rockfish in Channel Islands.
Reef Check California has launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund two multi-day expeditions to the Big Sur Coast and the Channel Islands. Since 2015, Reef Check California has conducted four successful Marine Ecosystem Assessments of these areas, part of a sustained effort toward the long-term monitoring of these unique coastal ecosystems. In this era of global environmental stressors like ocean acidification, rising sea temperatures and the vast reach of plastics pollution, the knowledge of what changes are occurring is key to successfully adapting management and conservation actions to protect these rich habitats. This project aims to address these issues by collecting data that will help increase our current understanding so that fisheries managers, researchers and the public can have the scientific information they need to protect these precious habitats.

Please help us by visiting:
https://kickstarter.com/projects/2033378493/2017-reef-check-california-marine-ecosystem-assess/
     
   
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