M.C. Wright and Associates Ltd. (MCWA), together with North Island College (NIC) and BC Timber Sales (BCTS) are collaborating to research planted kelp beds as a habitat rehabilitation strategy for the forestry sector.
Kelp is a primary producer and keystone species in the oceans, turning solar energy into structure and habitat for aquatic organisms. Kelp is remarkable for its fast growth rate and ability to form large kelp forests or kelp beds along the coast.
Reduce ocean acidification locally
Habitat and spawning substrate
Food for aquatic organisms
Minimize habitat degradation
Contain logging impacted sites
Restore logging impacted sites after they are no longer in use and/or in between uses.
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The overall goal of this ongoing research collaboration is to build a toolbox of techniques for using kelp as a habitat rehabilitation/habitat banking tool, and help forestry companies make informed decisions about kelp-based habitat banks by examining what site conditions and kelp cultivation techniques were or were not successful during this project.