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To Save Kelp Forests, California Fishermen Team Up With Scientists

Due to warm water temperatures, kelp forests stretching from the Bay Area to the Oregon border have shrunk by more than 90 percent. (Jonathan Kriz/Flickr)
Due to warm water temperatures, kelp forests stretching from the Bay Area to the Oregon border have shrunk by more than 90 percent. (Jonathan Kriz/Flickr)

Warm water off the West Coast has upset the balance of Northern California’s marine ecosystem. The ocean’s kelp forests from the Bay Area to Oregon have shrunk by more than 90 percent since 2008.

Eli Wirtschafter (@RadioEli) of Here & Now contributor KQED says the crisis has led to a surprising alliance between fishermen and regulators.

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