Los Angeles Waterkeeper Divers Battle The Devil……weed off of Palos Verdes!

A few months ago, CFD spent some time talking about the importance of divers working as stewards of their own local waters  by profiling the Los Angeles Waterkeeper and their Dive Program Manager Ian Jacobson. LAWK divers had just finished their part in a  NOAA-funded kelp restoration project in the Los Angeles South Bay and were looking for support and participation for their next project, the removal of sargassum horneri, an invasive algae taking advantage of El Nino warming to run wild all over the Southern California Bight. We’ll, Ian and his divers are in full swing, and with the help of NOAA scientists,  are using new technology to remove the devil weed from great swaths of our nearshore rocky reefs. The Los Angeles Daily Breeze recently profiled the efforts of these divers and it’s well worth the read. It’s also a great example of what an impact local citizens can do to directly benefit our nearshore environment. For a chance to help, check out the dive program page at Los Angeles Waterkeeper and find out what you can do .  Another link to the article appears below. Just click on the pretty scary picture.

The horneri is as high as an Elephant’s eye! Click on the scary photo by Adam Obaza to see the Daily Breeze article.