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On the Northern California coast, researchers are flying drones. They are mapping and monitoring some of the state’s last remaining kelp forests.

In less than a decade, this region has lost more than 90 percent of its kelp. The Golden State was forced to close its $44 million per year red abalone fishery. That has been rough on outdoor sport and tourism.

"We've had a really stable kelp forest ecosystem for the last 100 years," says marine scientist Cynthia Catton.

So what's behind the kelp crisis?

God’s made creatures and nature to depend on each other in complex ways. But in our fallen world, those relationships get out of balance.

Scientists say an explosion of purple sea urchins have devoured bull kelp at an unprecedented rate. Urchin populations spiked after a disease wiped out sea stars, the urchins' main predator. Then also, a marine heat wave made it hard for the kelp to recover.

The problem has expanded beyond California. Oregon researchers are now reporting a 10,000 percent spike in purple urchins over the past five years. Vast swathes of the Pacific Coast have turned into "urchin barrens." Grazing purple urchins blanket seabeds where towering bull kelp once grew.

Now, one California marine lab is running an unusual project. Urchinomics is turning the destructive ocean pests into a seafood delicacy. They are growing sea urchin roe, also known as uni. Urchinomics CEO Brian Takeda says his company is about turning a problem into an opportunity. “We pluck them up and we 'ranch' them and turn them into premium seafood products."

"Not only will [Urchinomics] be providing this new seafood, but we'll also be helping to restore the kelp forests at the same time," says marine scientist Laura Rogers-Bennett. Urchin ranching is just one possible solution to this coastal crisis. But many more are needed to bring back kelp forests and the marine life that depend on them.

(Hundreds of live purple urchins harvested from the Mendocino County coast are seen in container at the Bodega Marine Lab in Bodega Bay, California. AP Photo/Terry Chea))

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@Everybody

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@Nadia A

Yeah. I saw it.

@Everybody

ok.
THAT did NOT turn out how i wanted it, im just gonna try again, ok???

@Gloriana B

Do you do Classical Conversations? I do and I use Henle and LTW and I actually don't do Saxon but most of my friends do.

@Nadia

What? Not quite sure what you are talking about!
Were you even talking to me?

To above

Ya. I was. About what? Whait What do you not understand that i said?

@Nadia

I don't understand you comment about gaming, are you talking about video gaming?

To Above

I was talking about the article called gameing when is too much too much. People tryed to make 1,00 comments and the editor didn't like it I think there are 1,867 comments on it now. I didn't know if it was permitted to do that beacuse you could not comment on the main articles. But now you can so it dozen matter what I said.

@Nadia

Ohh ! Gotcha! :)

@Bethsarah G

Well.................. I sort of do.
Get back to ya later, ok?

@Glorianna B

OK. It may need to be on a different article because this one will disappear tomorrow and I have Community Day and won't be on here again today.

@Bethsarah G

well, hey, I'm back!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I mean, I'm kind of doing it well............
ILLEGALLY.
so, our community does this thing where we get together on
Wednesdays and Thursdays to work on our homework from Tuesday.
I'm doing that because my challenge A class would have been all boys.
So, I'm not officially doing Challenge but I'm still doing most of the subjects.
Also, most of my friends (I mean girlfriends) were going on to Challenge B,
so I quit CC and am now unofficially doing the Logic, Math, and Latin programs of Challenge B.
My mom sent an appeal in to see if I could skip challenge A and go to B when I was only twelve,
but they said no.
So, I'm basically a year ahead in most subjects.
I'm probably a year behind in science though.
Also Literature, though I'm not sure if challenge A does that.
Well, sorry for the lengthy explanation,
but its kind of hard to explain.
I'll try to figure out how to send you a link if you don't get it tommorow.

@Bethsarah G

well, hey, I'm back!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I mean, I'm kind of doing it well............
ILLEGALLY.
so, our community does this thing where we get together on
Wednesdays and Thursdays to work on our homework from Tuesday.
I'm doing that because my challenge A class would have been all boys.
So, I'm not officially doing Challenge but I'm still doing most of the subjects.
Also, most of my friends (I mean girlfriends) were going on to Challenge B,
so I quit CC and am now unofficially doing the Logic, Math, and Latin programs of Challenge B.
My mom sent an appeal in to see if I could skip challenge A and go to B when I was only twelve,
but they said no.
So, I'm basically a year ahead in most subjects.
I'm probably a year behind in science though.
Also Literature, though I'm not sure if challenge A does that.
Well, sorry for the lengthy explanation,
but its kind of hard to explain.
I'll try to figure out how to send you a link if you don't get it tommorow.
Sorry to send this again, but i needed to add something on to it.
,
,
P.S.The one other girl who would've done it quit because her mom thought it might be too much for her.

@Bethsarah G

P.S. whats community day?

@Gloriana B

I actually am on tonight. I understand now. Do you do the work your friends are doing with them on Wednesday and Thursday but don't go on Tuesday? I am in A and I am one of three girls with eight boys. We work together on Thursdays and it is really fun.

@Gloriana B

The day you go and have class.

I am homeschooled, too.

I am homeschooled, too.

To Above

So am I.

@ David

So am I, but I only started in September so I went to school before that. It's a big change.

@ mirela

do you like it? what grade are you in?

@Bethsarah G

Yes, that is eexactly right
ps i get it.

@Gloriana B

What do you get?

@ Nadia

We don't call it grade here, we call it ' year ' so in England I am in Year 7. I'm not sure what that would be the same as in America though. I would be in my first year of high school (secondary school) (I don't know if you call it that where you live). That might be a clue. I think I would be in grade 7. Correct me if I'm wrong. Yes I like it.

@ Nadia

What grade are you in?

@Mirela J

I looked it up and it looks like you would be in 6th grade here about 11 to 12 years old. In America 6th or 7th grade is called the beginning of Middle School which lasts through 8th grade. 9th through 12th grade is called high school.

@ mirela

ok so if you start school when your 6 by the time your 12 you would be in 6 grade. If you started when you were 5 you would be in 7th grade. I can't tell my grade on here but i'm About round your grade.(5 think up)

ok

So elementary school is 1-5 grade middle school is 6-8 grade (I think) high school is 9-12 grade. I am in middle school.

@Everybody

i am in 8th grade, technically i am a grade ahead

@ Gloriana!

REALLY! Did you skip a grade?

@ Glorianna

HI. why do you want people to post on this article?
sorry, that sounded a little rude. :)

@Nadia A

oh, that's fine, i was just sending it to bethsarah g
i sorta skipped a grade-
seventh,
just b/c my mom felt saxon 8/7 and saxon algebra 1/2 were practically the same book,so..........................................................
yeah.
she had me skip a grade so i could go do it with my friends.
actually, its not that unusual in our group to do that.
Andrew skipped 7/8, i think,
and Michaila skipped 7/6 and algebra 1/2.

@Nadia A(again)

also if you read my above explanation it would make sense.

@ Glorianna

Yes. It dose now. I'm in 7\8

Gloriana B

We use Saxon too! I'm in Algebra but I'm not a grade ahead. I'm in 9th.

@Glorianna B

I am in A and several people are doing Algebra 1/2. In my class the is also an Andrew and a Michaela!!

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@Emelia G

9th! How old are you???

@ Gloriana

Lol

@Nadia A

the first one was accidental.period.

To Above

Lol you know what's funny I'm asshuly sick I have a really bad cold I guess it is.

To Above

I sadi that because you said you feel better now?

Hi

Hi

@NA

Um hello lol! Also it’s spelled usually!

To Above

Hahahaha! No, I meant akshuly! ( that's not how you spell it)
You all should read this. By Myrna Grant.
Ivan and the hidden bible

The Ivan series

Ivan and the informer
Ivan and the great escape
Ivan and the Moscow circus
Ivan and the hidden bible
Ivan and the secret in the suit case
Ivan and the American journey
Ivan and the Star of David
That's all I can remember.
Have you read any of those?

@NA

Oh do you mean actually?

OWEN

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@ beth

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