One of two images of the kelp harvesting vessel "Ocean Harvest" at work along the giant kelp beds (Macrocystis pyrifera) off the Santa Barbara coast. The "Ocean Harvest" and its sister ship "Ocean Rose" gather kelp to feed abalones (Haliotis sp.) being farmed at Cayucos, California. This is the only reason kelp is harvested these days.
From 2013 04-02 SB Coast