August 20, 1996 |
Arguing that damage to kelp beds is less than once feared, owners of the San Onofre nuclear power plant Monday proposed rolling back kelp restoration efforts near the plant while at the same time detailing plans to help restore wetlands in Ventura County. The move to alter 1991 requirements to offset damage to fish and kelp promises to reignite the decades-old controversy over the plant's effects on the marine environment.
March 10, 2008 |
A vegetarian restaurant on the Mendocino coast has begun serving a six-course "sea vegetable dinner," featuring sea palm, nori, dulse and wakame -- different forms of seaweed. Though they're not your typical fare in the U.S., fresh sea vegetables are eaten all over the world by those who live close to the source. Asian cuisines feature the most seaweed, but it's also found on the menu in Scandinavia, Scotland and Peru. In Nova Scotia, they dine on sea parsley, or dulse; in northeast Siberia they eat kelp harvested from the Bering Sea. It's a bit of a misnomer to call them vegetables -- seaweeds are algae, and most are not considered members of the plant kingdom.
August 20, 1996 |
Arguing that damage to kelp beds is less extensive than once feared, owners of the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station on Monday proposed rolling back kelp-restoration efforts near the plant and at the same time detailed plans to help restore wetlands in Ventura County. The move to alter 1991 requirements to offset damage to fish and kelp promises to reignite a decades-old controversy over the plant's efforts on the marine environment.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 3, 2011 |
As reliably as masses of sea bass gather off the Southern California coast each summer, boatloads of anglers arrive to reel them in. But their bountiful catches are an illusion, scientists say. The populations of kelp bass and barred sand bass, two of the most popular — and easy to catch — saltwater fishes in Southern California, have plummeted 90% since 1980, according to a study led by a researcher at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography...
March 14, 2005
Uses: Kelp has long been taken as an iodine supplement to treat goiter or thyroid disease. Newer claims tout its use in weight loss, hair loss prevention, ulcer and constipation treatment, and cancer prevention. Dose: Kelp comes in capsule, liquid and powder form. Products vary in nutrient content, so follow manufacturer instructions for recommended doses. Precautions: Kelp from contaminated waters can contain heavy metals (such as lead) and other toxic chemicals.
January 7, 2003
I was saddened to read about Rodolphe Streichenberger's misguided crusade to dump trash in our ocean as a noble David-versus-Goliath struggle (Jan. 3). This David is portrayed as "wanting only [a] sea solution." Although restoration of habitats in our coastal waters is important and noble, it is highly irresponsible to place old tires or plastic pipes into the ocean as substrates on which to grow kelp or other sea life. Our ocean has a natural substrate. It is called rock. If we place tires in our ocean to grow marine life, then what is next?
October 10, 2005
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has committed another major blunder. The Oct. 3 article, "Efforts to Restore Kelp Suffering Growing Pains," blamed the disappearance of Southern California kelp on "marauding sea urchins." The Oct. 6 article, "Agency Seeks to Lift Otter Ban," discussed the failed attempts at keeping threatened sea otters out of Southern California to help fishermen. What do otters eat? Urchins. For heaven's sake, Fish and Wildlife, put your heads together and go "duh"!
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 12, 1997
Re: Proposed closure of the Malibu coastline to commercial fishing. The citizens of Malibu do not learn well from history. In 1969-1970, California was spending taxpayer dollars to eradicate sea urchins. The urchin population was so large that it was decimating the kelp beds off the coast. Without the protection of the kelp forests, there was severe beach erosion which would have caused the loss of the expensive homes and other valuable property along the Malibu shoreline. Demise of the kelp forest would further degrade the environment by causing loss of habitat for numerous other species of fish and shellfish.
December 10, 1989
Driving past the San Onofre nuclear power plant on the northern San Diego County coast, it's hard not to think about the radiation inside the domed reactor buildings. But San Onofre's impact on the environment is caused not by radioactive contamination, which is negligible, but by the plant's cooling system. Each day, San Onofre draws enough ocean water to cover a one-square-mile area 14 feet deep. The sea water pumped into the plant from near the shoreline is often naturally murky.
November 9, 1990 |
Charging that the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station is violating federal law by killing tons of fish and kelp, an environmental group filed suit Thursday against Southern California Edison Co. demanding a stop to the killing. The suit was filed about a year after a 15-year, $46-million study found that the nuclear plant south of San Clemente is, indeed, killing tons of fish and kelp.