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San Diego Coastkeeper's efforts have helped to reduce the number of sewage spills by 90% since 2001.
San Diego Coastkeeper and the San Diego Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation conduct twice-monthly beach cleanups. We work with more than 4,000 volunteers each year.
75% of California’s ocean-related jobs, and 54% of revenue, come from tourism and recreation.
The urban runoff discharge from one square mile of roads and parking lots can yield approximately 20,000 gallons of residual oil per year.
The Project SWELL curricula has been made available to thousands of students throughout San Diego County since it rolled out in 2003.
Kelp forests play home to more than 700 species of marine creatures.
Many factors including pollution, climate change, and over-fishing contribute to kelp forest decline, and their collective impact is far greater than any individual stressor.
Although there have been periods of drastic decline in Southern California’s kelp forests, research has shown that they have a remarkable ability to recover when stressors are reduced.
Research has shown that grazing by inflated sea urchin populations damaged kelp forests and slowed recovery in the '50s-70’s off Point Loma. Sea otters, lobster and sheephead are important predators, keeping urchin populations in check.