Orange County Coastkeeper’s boat is a beautifully restored 24 foot center console Crystaliner we purchased in 2000. In the past it was used for harbor tours, water quality testing, waste pump out station monitoring and kelp diving.
Like all Waterkeeper organizations, having this tool on the water is critical for us to maintain and restore water resources that are drinkable, fishable, swimmable, and sustainable.
The Coastkeeper boat is kept at the Newport Dunes and we use it for a number of on-the-water activities including research and monitoring the health of important marine habitats. The boat is our platform for our marine restoration efforts including research and collaboration with scientists to further our understanding of the marine environment.
Currently we use the boat for:
– Eelgrass restoration and mitigation projects
– Diving for our living shorelines project, coupled with University researchers and students we conduct surveys and biological monitoring.
– Water quality testing for various projects, including our ocean acidification project in collaboration with researchers at UC Davis.