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In the Ocean

The Santa Monica Bay sits in-between the cool waters of northern California and the warm waters of Baja California. The Bay’s mix of rocky outcroppings, sandy areas, and rare submarine canyons attract a rich variety of marine life. However, because it is adjacent to the nation's 2nd largest urban area, the marine life in the Bay face challenges from habitat loss, pollution, and overuse. TBF's Marine Program studies, protects, and restores the resources within our coastal ocean to ensure a sustainable future for wildlife, and people that depend on this resource.


In the Air

360 Fisheries

Urchin barren next to kelp forest Boats from the air Fishing Boats in San Pedro

Kelp forests are vital to many favorite marine animals, including kelp bass, spiny lobster, and abalone. While improvements in wastewater treatment, stormwater management, and fishery management have helped, more than 75% of the historic kelp forests are gone and all abalone species are still under state and federal protection.

TBF's Marine Program is restoring kelp forests and abalone to the Palos Verdes Peninsula and studying seagrass beds alongside our many partners.

Click to learn more about kelp forest restoration.

Aerial surveys of boating activity along the southern California mainland coast have been conducted since 2008. These surveys were originally started to inform the Marine Protected Area (MPA) planning process by generating a fishery-independent dataset of boating activities.

These data are now being used to evaluate MPAs, water quality improvement projects, kelp restoration, ecosystem based management, and other management actions that may impact boating activities.

Flights are made possible by the generous pilots of LightHawk.

Click here to read our most recent report.

Click here to read the National Geographic story about this project.

Seafood produced in and around the Santa Monica Bay include squid, uni (sea urchin), lobster, and channel rockfish.

360 Fisheries seeks to ensure that seafood caught around the Los Angeles area is sustainably harvested, is free of contaminents, and is available locally.

Partnerships with the fishery management agencies, fishery scientists, commercial fishermen and recreational fishermen have focused on improving fishery management and developing local markets for local, sustainable seafood.

Click here to learn more about the 360 Fisheries Project.