The aim of this study was to form self-sustaining N. luetkeana kelp forests within study sites, and provide habitat for species that normally use these kelp beds. Additionally, it aimed to collect baseline data regarding water parameters and species composition at each site to assist future projects in understanding how bull kelp is being impacted over time by changing environmental and climatic conditions.
Site Selection Criteria:
Site selection for N. luetkeana was based on local knowledge of divers and fishermen. Both sites were determined to have rocky substrate with suitable depths of approximately 9 meters, and suitable currents that support the growth of N. luetkeana.
Cause Of Decline:
There is evidence that bull kelp (N. luetkeana) populations have been in steady decline within the central Strait of Georgia in recent decades. Reasons for the declines may include coastal development, rising ocean temperatures, local changes in oceanographic conditions (e.g. salinity, turbidity and sedimentation), intensified herbivore grazing or a combination of these factors.