The objective of this study was to improve methodologies, technology and methods.
Site Selection Criteria:
Sites were selected in closed areas with a history of over-exploitation and historical mining activities.
Cause Of Decline:
Along the Chilean coastline, kelp forests (Lessonia- Macrocystis) sustain a broad diversity of marine organisms and are a source of raw materials for several industries (alginates, biofuels, and feed for abalone rearing). Annual harvests of up to 400,000 dry tons provide 10% of the total biomass of brown algae worldwide. However, the frequent harvesting has resulted in population reduction and fragmentation.