Proposed Reef Restoration in Southern California

 Reef near Catalina Island.
The proposed reef will support kelp forest habitat that will be home to a variety of marine life like this reef near Catalina Island.

Proposed Reef Restoration in Southern California

March 13, 2017

NOAA and its co-trustees are seeking public review and comments on a proposed reef restoration project in California. Through this project, we would create 40 acres of new rocky-reef habitat in the Palos Verdes area. The newly-created reef would provide habitat for fish, marine algae, and marine invertebrates. It would also create a productive rocky-reef ecosystem in an area that currently has limited reef habitat. Historically, the existing reefs in this area were buried by heavy sedimentation from landslides, irrigation practices, and sewage effluent.

The proposed project would be funded through the Montrose Settlements Restoration Program. It would compensate for effects of past wastewater discharges of DDTs and PCBs on fish habitat on the Palos Verdes Shelf.

The official public comment period for the Environmental Assessment ends on March 22, 2017. Comments can be sent to msrp@noaa.gov

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