Scientists and conservations are working to rebuild the marine environment along the California coast. One?
LV ZOOM INTO GV cabin cruiser
CU Kelp bed, PAN TO workboat
MV Kelp being toward in water
SV Diver into water (sound under)
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GV PAN ACROSS boat to kelp being towed by diver (2 shots)
CU Scientist talking to divers (sound under)
MV PAN kelp being towed by driver and lifted aboard boat
GV Divers in water
GV PAN boat taking kelp to new bed
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MV Diver into water and kelp being lowered into water (3 shots)
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Work and sports fishing boats; drives at work, kelp being toward in water to new bed.
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Background: Scientists and conservations are working to rebuild the marine environment along the California coast. One of the first projects has been the transplant of kelp -- seaweed --from healthy beds at Santa Catalina to areas where it had been killed off by pollution in recent years. The experiment has brought this tack to the area to feed off the kelp, and paradoxically posed a problem for scientists: the fish have been eating the kelp faster than they can transplant it. This film, from NBC, shows a transplant operation on the Palos Verdes peninsula.
SYNOPSIS: It's been years since the aport fishing off the coast around Los Angeles, California, has been any good. The reasons: pollution killed off the beds of kelp -- seaweed -- essential to the chain of life. And the fishes moved to cleaner waters.
Now, scientists and conservationists are working to rebuild the marine environment along the coast. Here they are transplanting kelp, a precise and painstaking business. The kelp is collected off Santa Catalina island and taken to experimental beds off the Palos Verdes shoreline.
The plants selected must be healthy and about twenty feet long. they are dug out by the roots and handled as gently as possible.
Kelp is not only important to fish. Its by-products are used by consumers in such things as cosmetics, ice cream and beer. In healthy water, kelp grows quickly, sometimes at the rate of eighteen inches a day. But the plant is delicate and must be constantly watered to keep it alive during boat trip.
The experimental bed to which the kelpplants are being taken is just offshore. Since the kelp disappeared from these waters several years ago, improved treatment of sewage has made the water able to sustain growth once again.
But, paradoxically, there is a problem: fish are attracted to the kelp and they have been eating it fester than it can be transplanted. The transplanting project is being helped by sports fishermen and university students. But thee isn't enough money to do it on a large enough scale to do any immediate good.