Green Abalone Restoration Project

$4,690 of $350,000 goal

Raised by 76 people in 36 months
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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Big day today at Thurston Middle School. The kids have been learning how to manage their abalone tank for 2 months. Today they got their first abalone! They are so excited! Get Inspired!
Eventually they will be raising our baby Green Abalone for the Green Abalone Restoration Project!
Baby abalone in the classroom tank today
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Our abalone got inspected today by the CA Dept of Fish & Wildlife pathologist and they are cleared to go to the farm!
Inspection in process!
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Thank you to the CeeRay and Ocean Gear Scuba Center for letting me tag along on a charter. We collected 40 new green abalone to use as broodstock for spawning for our Green Abalone Restoration Project! They are now resting comfortably awaiting inspection at the Ocean Institute. Kids helped measure, sex, and tag! Get Inspired!
Kids helping with measuring and tagging
A few of our new 40 abalone
It's a big one!
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Please come to the YogurtLand on Monday in Fullerton with this flyer and your purchases will support the Green Abalone Restoration Project.
Bring this flyer in with you!
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$4,690 of $350,000 goal

Raised by 76 people in 36 months
Created July 29, 2015
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2 months ago
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Sally Baron
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So proud of your work Nancy,

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Chris Cramer
4 months ago
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Thanks for what you are doing. Never give up.

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Randy Seton
6 months ago
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Go Nancy! Im so so Proud of your wonderful hard continuous work for the OC Coastline.

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