Santa Barbara Maritime Museum ZOOM Webinar


Presentation by Chris Goldblatt, Founder & Executive Director, Fish Reef Project
Sponsored by Marie L. Morrisroe

WHEN: JULY 16th, 2020 @ 7pm PST


Little understood by the public, kelp is a soft buffer that helps to retain wider beaches, protects coastal real estate, and reduces greenhouse gases. The 1982-83 El Nino storms caused the loss of kelp forests that were once 1000 feet wide and went from El Capitan to Carpinteria and resulted in the loss of Goleta Bay’s kelp beds and beaches. Another reason for the decline of the kelp beds is that the boulders, which come off the hills and hold kelp, wear down over time and the system has not been recharging. The Fish Reef Project, named Goleta Kelp Reef Restoration Project, aims to create 220 acres of offshore reef systems with manufactured fish reef units and quarry rock. This process will give kelp a place to attach, grow, and kick off the recovery of kelp forests and critical habitats for many forms of marine life, including sea otters.

Welcoming Our Papua New Guinea Managing Director, Maisy Lus To The Team

Maisy Lus
Papua New Guinea Managing Director

Maisy Lus completed a Bachelor of Science (Chemistry) from the University of Papua New Guinea. She is passionate about evidence based environmental monitoring and mitigation of impacts that could be detrimental to the environment, livelihoods and social wellbeing of PNG coastal and Island communities. One of Maisy’s research interest is in cement strength enhancement using different additives for sulphate, chlorite and sea water resistance. Maisy supports the Fish Reef project because of the belief that this project will help minimize long-term negative environmental impacts from development projects and human activity, and sustain the livelihoods of people in our coastal and Island communities.

Read about the full Fish Reef Project Team