Calling All Rescue Divers!

Announcement courtesy Brian Meux. Please do not contact me about this opportunity—Dida

Los Angeles Waterkeeper and Bay Foundation are looking for rescue certified divers (or AAUS divers) who are comfortable working underwater in Southern California conditions off a 24 ft boat. The boat ride is free!  Come out for a day, give back to your local reefs, learn kelp forest ecology, and gain dive buddies.  (AAUS scientific diving standards must be met.)

 What: The Kelp Restoration and Monitoring Project, or Kelp Project, began in 1997 and has restored acres of habitat off the Malibu and Palos Verdes coasts.

Why: Many rocky reef areas in Southern California have degraded into what are known as “urchin barrens,” vast reef areas underwater that contain little more than sea urchins and rocks. Cumulative impacts and local extirpation or heavy fishing of urchin predators (sea otters, lobster, and sheephead) can often lead to urchin barren conditions that may remain for decades in this degraded state.

Who: Staff biologists lead volunteer divers in the restoration and monitoring of Los Angeles County kelp forests.

How: Once you are cleared by our DSO (Mike Anghera), sign up for a dive day, and bring your dive gear out on our boat and join our volunteer work crew. Reducing urchin density is the main activity that we need help with to restore kelp forest habitat.

When: We dive weekdays and weekends all year round. Every month is different. Check the LAW calendar and contact the organizer (Brian Meux, 310-394-6162 x.107 for availability once you are cleared by our DSO.