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)
Wow 40 plus amazing, citizen scientists supported the forage fish project this season. They covered almost 30 beaches between Hornby Island, the Comox Valley, Campbell River, and Cortes Island.
Below is an interactive timeline of the events regarding the gensis of Project Watershed's Kus-kus-sum Project. Hover over each salmon icon to learn more about what happened that year.Related Posts
We got a first look at how a restored Kus-kus-sum will operate during storms and king tides this winter. It was exciting to see the high tides move over the steel wall and inundate the site.
Approximately 4,000 native plants were planted at the Kus-kus-sum site over six days this October! THANK YOU to the 160 volunteers who contributed to planting, mulching and watering during this time – we would not have been able to accomplish this without you.