Image of a diver removing urchins from an urchin barren to promote kelp growth. (Credit: David Witting, NOAA)

Diver removes urchins from an urchin barren to allow for kelp growth.

Fish Habitat Restoration

Along the Palos Verdes ocean shelf DDT and PCBcontaminants are still found in the sediments on the ocean bottom. The Montrose Settlements Restoration Program (MSRP) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) completed a fish contamination survey that confirmed these contaminants are still found at high levels in fish tissues. EPA is studying the option to cap some portion of the contaminated area with clean sediment.

MSRP is compensating for the impacted fish habitat by restoring habitats close to the site of contamination. MSRP focuses restoration on three major habitat types in southern California, kelp forests, rocky reefs, and wetlands. We also provided funding for studies that focused on the effectiveness of Marine Protected Areas.

Visit the pages below to find out more information about our fish habitat projects.

Kelp Forests and Rocky Reef

Wetlands

Marine Protected Area Evaluation