Kelp Restoration at Maude Reef
Kelp beds are marine sanctuaries, providing some of the most productive ecosystems on the planet and serving as critical habitat and refuge for many species. The large, majestic algal species, Nereocystis luetkeana, dominates many kelp forests in coastal waters of southern B.C. However, losses of bull kelp have been reported from various community based groups. Increases in stressors associated with climate change (eg. rising ocean temperatures) are thought to be a major contributor to kelp declines. Thus, their survival will depend on the ability of existing populations to either withstand or adapt to these stressors. (Information from the Restoration Research on Kelp Forest Habitat in the Salish Sea poster created by Braeden Schiltroth, Sherryl Bisgrove, and Bill Heath)
To learn more about our kelp restoration visit our Kelp Information page. Kelp is a blue carbon plant to learn more visit our Blue Carbon page.
Earthworks Continue at Kus-kus-sum
While the Kus-kus-sum site is already beginning to come into its own, there is still much work to be done. Just over one third of the area was recontoured and planted last year in 2022. Project Watershed aims to recontour and replant the remainder of the site this summer and fall, if funding allows. The key works you will see on site this year include recontouring and regrading, habitat complexing, and native species planting.
Kus-kus-sum Restoration Overview
The restoration will occur in 3 phases. Click below to read more about each phase and scroll down to see a visual representation of the site features found on the restored Kus-kus-sum site. During Phase...
Forage Fish Map
Project Watershed has been surveying beaches for the presence of forage fish and forage fish eggs. The location of the beaches we surveyed last season are shown below. You can hover over each location to see if eggs were found.
Forage Fish Spring Forum April 26
Announcing the 2023 Virtual BC Forage Fish Monitoring Network Spring Forum! This event is an opportunity for all those interested in the conservation of forage fish in British Columbia to come together and learn about the latest research and updates.
The Importance of Estuarine Environments for Pacific Salmon
Fish monitoring at Hollyhock flats will be starting this summer! We’ve summarized a scientific article explaining what kinds of habitat are important to salmonids.
Kus-kus-sum Site History
A short history of the Kus-kus-sum site from pre-European contact to the present day.