GIVING BACK: "REVIVING THE SEA"

SANTA BARBARA MAGAZINE / SUMMER 2013

 
 

EXCERPT

And the passion to preserve outweighs all else for the group, which has worked tirelessly to reconcile rather than rekindle the arguments that stunted prior projects. They’re doing this by setting their sights on the one goal that appeases everyone: a lush and thriving sea. “The best road to ocean health is one that everyone can agree on,” says Goldblatt. “Something that is simple, low-cost, and has fast, tangible results.”

Within four months of their placement, reef balls give life to teeming kelp forests, which not only attract and create sea life but also reduce carbon levels, restore habitats for endangered species, and ensure the sustainability of fisheries. The plankton that settles on the balls gradually transforms into plants and animals that function as environmental buffers—for instance, seaweed converts greenhouse gases and reduces acid levels. By acting like giant natural biofilters for human waste and runoff, reefs make the ocean cleaner and actively reduce our negative impact.