Transplantation experiments were carried out to determine whether planting kelps in sandy bottomed sites would attract animals generally found on rocky reefs. Converting barren areas to kelp beds may also increase commercial productivity for sport and commercial fishermen.
Site Selection Criteria:
Sandy sites were selected for transplanting.
Cause Of Decline:
The canopies of most Macrocystis pyrifera beds north of Vizcaino Bay suffered severe damage, presumably from high water temperatures during the latter part of the summer.