Nancy Caruso: The ‘Kelp Lady’ Is Here To Help

Photo: Close-up of an abalone shell underside. GETTY

Nancy Caruso inspired an army of ocean-lovers to jump in and get inspired to restore ocean ecosystems. She and her team of volunteer ocean advocates have rebuilt a decimated kelp forest in Orange county from the ground up, and they’re not stopping there. A shining example of one person who saw a problem, and cared enough to take it on, Caruso’s eyes light up as she describes her efforts. Caruso attributes her success to the volunteers that have supported, bolstered and brought life to, her vision.

AS: Your project is entirely supported by volunteers, what are the challenges and unique benefits you find that come out of that structure?

photo: Nancy Caruso and kelp-bed volunteer divers
Nancy Caruso and her dive volunteers emerge from the cold coastal California waters after surveying abalone.

NC: That’s right, I have no employees…more than 250 volunteer divers and another 150 or so volunteers who don’t scuba dive. The challenge: they aren’t paid to show up so life takes precedent over whatever I have planned for the day. The upside is that whatever I am doing has to be fun, comfortable, and meaningful for them to want to do it again…many volunteers have been helping me […]

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Nancy Caruso: The ‘Kelp Lady’ Is Here To Help
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Nancy Caruso: The ‘Kelp Lady’ Is Here To Help
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Nancy Caruso and her volunteer ocean advocates have rebuilt a decimated kelp forest in Orange County. One person who saw a problem and cared enough to take it on.
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