“Fish Reef Project took direct action in 2016 to help cause the state to put up $14m to properly cap leaking oil well heads at Summerland Beach – today the Curtin Maritime barge arrived to begin capping the infamous Becker Well head that had leaked oil for decades. State Lands Commission will likely plug as many as a dozen well heads with the funding.
Fish Reef Project is proud to have been part of serving the community and our marine ecology with more to come. Fish Reef Project wanted to help plug the well heads to make the water clean enough to support the thriving new marine life that will live in the kelp restoration projects that we have in the works.”
“Today I had unique pleasure of sharing the Fish Reef Project with students at Santa Barbara’s esteemed, Anacapa School. I was deeply impressed by the thoughtfulness, variety and well-reasoned questions that the students asked. It is clear that the Students at Anacapa School are eager to Help Ocean Life Thrive by supporting the Fish Reef Project.”
-Chris Goldblatt, FRP Founder
Fish Reef Project and the Reef Ball Foundation had a splash success at the recent Maritime Alliance summit in San Diego – Reef Ball president, Todd Barber, and Fish Reef Project director, Chris Goldblatt, had a booth and presented slide shows. Support from all sides for making new reefs made a strong showing, including the city and port. San Diego is getting ready to accept larger change in their waters and wants to improve what they call the “Blue Tech Sector” – and Fish Reef Project fits right in!
The Agua Hedionda Lagoon Foundation has agreed to place 4 balls on their enclosed exhibit near the lagoon.
Also, Local School teachers teachers, Gina Woodard, and Lisa Bertoson have rallied grass roots support to build a reef off of Imperial Beach. An Imperial Beach reef is ideally located to provide vital study opportunity for their amazing and determined students.
We finally got a clear day to shoot better video on the reef balls. As you can see the rock fish love it. The best find was the fact that we counted 47 baby scallops on the balls!
The new ecosystem forming from just 2 reef balls is thriving.
Progress video #1 —
July 22, 2012. Hendry’s Reef Monitoring. East ball.
In June 2012 the Fish Reef Project provided two reef balls to an Aquaculture operation who deployed them off Santa Barbara. Watch videos to see progress.
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