Ocean & Coast Past Projects
“We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea, whether it is to sail or to watch – we are going back from whence we came.” – John F. Kennedy
In order to protect and preserve our coast, we need healthy marine environments for marine life to be productive and thrive. It is our duty to prevent pollution from harming our coast, as well as providing adequate habitat for fish, marine mammals and all ocean organisms. With restored and balanced ecosystems, we can expect our fisheries to rebound and we will have some of our greatest ocean treasures protected for generations to come.
Kelp Reforestation Program, 1999-2005
Kelp forests used to flourish along the Orange County Coast, but around 30 years ago, this vital marine habitat began to disappear. Once water quality improved, the conditions were just right for a major restoration project that brought back Orange County’s kelp forests and provided habitat to over 800 species of marine life.
Rigs to Reefs, 2007
On September 30, 2010 Governor Schwarzenegger signed AB 2503 into law. Coastkeeper worked on this issue for several years, organizing stakeholders to determine what to do with decommissioned oil platforms. The science showed the benefits of rigs as productive habitats. Learn more…
Ships to Reefs, 2012
Orange County Coastkeeper partnered with the National Resources Defense Council (NRDC), to urge the U.S. Maritime Administration (MARAD) to reconsider their guidelines for vessels eligible for sinking. We convinced them to change their policy and now ships that were built before 1985 are no longer eligible for sinking.