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Protecting Santa Barbara's Naples Reef

August 24th, 2009

The Gaviota Coast is known for its beauty and biodiversity, and its coastal waters are no exception. Naples Reef, about 13 miles up the coast from Santa Barbara, is the area's crown jewel. Naples is famous among divers for its kelp forests and rocky reefs teeming with lobster, nudibrachs, chestnut cowries, rose anemones, sheephead and rockfish

Local residents have been working for years to protect the landscapes of the Gaviota Coast, and are now turning their attention to the areas underwater. UC Santa Barbara's Michael Vincent McGinnis explains why it is critical to preserve the natural resources at Naples Reef with a marine protected area.