The Guardians of the Kelp Forests

Along California’s rugged North Coast, an uncommon alliance — including scientists, tribal leaders, fisherman, divers, kayakers and seafood chefs — has joined forces with a common goal: To protect California’s vanishing kelp forests before it’s too late

A diver conducts an underwater survey in one of California’s once vast kelp forests, where climate change and other environmental stressors have combined in a “perfect storm” to spell disaster for kelp ecosystems in recent years — Photo by National Park Service