Green Abalone Restoration Project

$3,010 of $350k goal

Raised by 57 people in 21 months
Nancy Lightowler Caruso
for Get Inspired
 GARDEN GROVE, CA
Save the Abalone!

"For the first time Californians have the opportunity to bring a native species back from certain extinction.”

Abalone once teemed along the shores and reefs of California, supporting a multi-million dollar industry for over 40 years.  The shell was once a symbol of the California lifestyle.  Now, hardly anyone under 40 has a clue what this animal is!

Within one human lifetime, we hunted abalone to near extinction!  By the 90’s commercial abalone fishing had collapsed and now it’s illegal for anyone to take abalone in Southern California.
 
They are an important part of our healthy kelp forest ecosystem and we need them back!

The pilot studies are over and we have proven that we CAN restore this native species, so let’s keep them off the endangered list! 

We need your financial support to get started!

This project will grow 100,000 abalone with the help of kids in schools and volunteer divers who will "outplant" the animals on specially chosen reefs.

You can donate on the right of this page.
The project is going to take 10 years and will be the largest regional effort to save a marine species from extinction!

Stage 1
 - spawn 100,000 baby abalone from twenty healthy males and females.  They will be farm-raised for the first year.   

Stage 2 - distribute the juveniles to three major aquariums where they’ll be part of a special exhibit to educate the public and will grow safely to “planting size” in five years. The three aquariums are committed.
 
Stage 3 - educate the public with abalone exhibits at the three participating aquariums, create teaching curriculum, brochures and educational materials, and search for the perfect reefs where the abalone will be outplanted.  (Abalone are very picky about where they like to live).
 
Stage 4 - build and install twenty abalone nurseries in schools, where kids will take over the next growth stage.  Included is a year of instruction from our Marine Biologist.  Students will learn first-hand the conservation of this species while caring for them.
 
Stage 5 take the abalones underwater for placement on the specially chosen reefs and “outplant” them on the ocean floor.  At this point they will be old enough to reproduce.  They will then be monitored to gauge their growth and survival.

Every little bit will help!
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Update 13
Posted by Nancy Caruso
2 months ago
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The baby abalone are growing! We are going to attempt another spawn this month and we are raising funds right now to build 12 abalone nurseries to put into classrooms next Fall! Spread the word!
This is a classroom abalone nusery
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Update 12
Posted by Nancy Caruso
5 months ago
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Day 9 "Settlement looks great" This was the email message from the abalone farm tech Becca Ellen who is caring for our baby abalone! They are now crawling! Next thing you know they'll want the keys to the car!
Day 9: Tiny Settled abalone
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Update 11
Posted by Nancy Caruso
5 months ago
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Anyone who donates $50 before December 1st will get a free tshirt!
Men's (white)
Women's ( pink and yellow)
Everyone loves healthy Abs!
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Update 10
Posted by Nancy Caruso
5 months ago
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Great NEWS!!!! The babies are developing right on time! The green abalone babies are now veligers! They are growing up so fast. In a week they will be crawling! Get Inspired!
Taken last night 100X
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$3,010 of $350k goal

Raised by 57 people in 21 months
Created July 29, 2015
Nancy Lightowler Caruso  
Funds raised will benefit:
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Garden Grove, CA
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$10
Georgia Conroy
4 months ago
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The abalone create balance in our oceans. It is a beautiful animal. Let it live!

RB
$75
Rick Berry
4 months ago
1
1

Keep up the good work!

DJ
$30
Doug Jackson
7 months ago
2
2
RH
$10
Randy Hills
7 months ago
2
2

Good cause!

HN
$20
Hong Nguyen
9 months ago
2
2
MF
$150
Michael Ferrone
10 months ago
2
2
BI
$100
Baja Airventures Inc.
11 months ago
2
2

Thank you Nancy for all your hard work in Abalone restoration

$40
Tourism Tim Warren
11 months ago
1
1

Thanks Nancy for the awesome work you do. I am honored to work with you. You inspire.

$10
Dale Nichols
11 months ago
1
1
GH
$50
Greg Honore'
11 months ago
1
1

Glad to support

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