Kelp in the Palos Verdes Peninsula, one of the most important kelp forest regions on the West Coast, have been hit hard. Kelp forests there have suffered a 76 percent decline over the past century.
The West Coast shoreline shows no signs of ocean-borne radiation from Japan’s Fukushima nuclear power plant disaster, scientists said Wednesday.
Scientists will begin testing local kelp beds later this month for radioactive contamination that may have drifted east from Japan’s Fukushima nuclear power plant disaster in 2011.
Marine life along the California coast may have trace amounts of radiation resulting from last year’s nuclear disaster in Japan.