South Coast Iconic Places: Naples Reef
Naples Reef: Ecological Gem of Santa Barbara County
Naples Reef, located off Santa Barbara’s Gaviota Coast, is an underwater pinnacle and cave system that has captivated scuba divers and explorers for decades. Naples is one of the most biologically productive locations in all of Southern California. Click here to send a letter asking California's Fish and Game Commission to Protect Naples Reef!
Sea Life of Naples Reef
While small in size, Naples Reef is an exceptionally rich, productive habitat, with anemone-covered underwater walls rising 30-feet from the sea floor and a spectacular kelp forest supporting a variety of fish and wildlife. White sea bass patrol for squid and anchovy over Naples’ pinnacles, joined by pelicans and harbor seals. Kelp bass, rockfish, colorful nudibranchs, red gorgonians, and a variety of crabs, lobster and scallops all share the reef. This coastal area is home to many threatened and endangered animals such as the steelhead trout, the tidewater goby, the white-tailed kite, and the red-legged frog.
Why Preserve Naples Reef?
The Gaviota Coast faces a variety of threats including overfishing, coastal development and climate change. Protecting Naples Reef would allow sea life and habitat to recover and restore the area to a world-class site. Protecting Naples Reef can bring Channel Islands-quality recreational opportunities to the Santa Barbara coastline.
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Click here to send a letter asking California's Fish and Game Commission to Protect Naples Reef!