Why is bull kelp necessary?

Why is bull kelp necessary?

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Survey Dive Today On Planted Area

Today was an exciting day for kelpers Nancy Laird and Michael Mehta. We did a survey dive on the transplanted area around Clark Bay to see if any Bull Kelp sprouted from the experimental carboy approach used last Summer.

Here's what we found.

Although much of the area is sandy and excellent eel grass habitat (see below), there were many rocky areas filled with a wide variety of kelp - including Bull Kelp!

During our mapping in the Summer of 2013 there were only a handful of Bull Kelp plants in the area, and right now there are many times more of them growing and some of them in dense groupings. A remapping over the Summer of this year will give us more precise data on this and we remain cautiously optimistic about the carboy protocol.