Inspiring stewardship and curiosity for the natural world through the exploration of science
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Students growing white seabass
On February 4th, students at 5 Orange County schools got white seabass delivered from our partner, Hubbs SeaWorld Research Institute. The fish were about 90 days old and about 3" long. Students will raise them now until late May when they will be released in the ocean.
The lagoons of Baja are the only place in the world where whales willingly interact with humans, often allowing a rub down, a hug, or a kiss. It's a magical experience! We have been guiding tours to baja since 2013 to learn about these majestic giants.
What We've Accomplished So Far
After being gone for more than 20 years, we restored Orange County’s kelp forests. With help from more than 200 volunteer divers to plant it and monitor it and with the help of 5000 kids growing it in their classrooms, we restored this precious resource.
While working in 36 different schools we have been able to educate 11,800 students with HANDS ON custom made nurseries for abalone, aquaponics, giant kelp, and white sea bass. We also lead Science Expeditions programs to take kids out into nature to experience ecology and geology. Scuba diving, hiking, climbing, rappelling, camping, star gazing, kayaking, and snorkeling are all part of our 1-5 day programs.
To celebrate the return of Giant Kelp to our Orange County coast we created KelpFest in Laguna Beach. It is an annual event to educate the public about this import algae living off our coast. With thousands of participants including more than 300 girl and boy scouts, it is a treasured event in Laguna Beach.
Our accomplishments would not be possible without the dedication of our volunteers. We have trained over 300 generous volunteers to monitor, survey, and outplant, to assist us in our ocean restoration projects. THANK YOU
Our programs have reached more than 11,000 kids in 36 different schools in LA and Orange Counties. Grades 2- college level. We now have students returning to work with us as professional marine biologists!
1470 students from 5 different schools have raised and released 1444 white seabass into the ocean. This program is in partnership with Hubbs SeaWorld Research Institute and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife.
It took us 3 years to get a permit from the CA Department of Fish and Wildlife to restock green abalone in the ocean. Once we got it, we did a 15 month pilot project to see if outplanting large green abalone would yield us good results. It worked! We got 40% of our abalone to survive. This was the best survival rate of any project in California history and will be the recipe for our success.
Growing abalone for restocking is a marathon not a sprint. Our research and the work of others globally indicates that the older an abalone is when outplanted, the better survival rates will be. We aren’t cutting any corners. We plan to wait until our abalone are at least 6″ or about 14cm. Everything in the ocean eats baby abalone! Only a handful of predators can eat a 6″ abalone.
Get Inspired could no longer sit and watch this devastation so we raised the first funds to start the restoration project. We paid fishermen to go out and collect sea urchins to clear the reefs for kelp to grow and for abalone to recover. Now, 3 other organizations are also raising funds.
-Caruso, Nancy L. (2017). Outplanting large adult green abalone (Haliotis fulgens) as a strategy for population restoration. California Fish and Game 103(4): 183-194
–Ebert, T. A., Barr, L. M., Bodkin, J. L., Burcham, D., Bureau, D., Carson, H. S., L. Caruso, N., et al. (2018), Size, growth, and density data for shallow-water sea urchins from Mexico to the Aleutian Islands, Alaska, 1956–2016. Ecology, 99: 761. doi:10.1002/ecy.2123
–Burcham, D., Nancy L. Caruso. 2015. Abundance, size, and occurrence of Arbacia stellata in Orange County, California. 2015. California Fish and Game (101)3
-Gruenthal, K. M, D. A. Witting, T. Ford, M. J. Neuman, J. P. Williams, D. J. Pondella II, A. Bird, N. Caruso, J. R. Hyde, L. W. Seeb, W. A. Larson. 2014. Development and application of genomic tools to the restoration of green abalone in southern California. Conservation Genetics 15(1): 109-121