Restoration of bull kelp (Nereocystis luetkeana) in the Strait of Georgia
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Bull kelp is an annual species that completes its life cycle within a single growing season and reproduces in the same location from year to year. Unfortunately, bull kelp has declined in the Strait of Georgia over the past several decades and is no longer found in locations where previously abundant. To combat this decline, the Mount Arrowsmith Biosphere Region Research Institute (MABRRI) has aimed to re-establish bull kelp beds within the Strait of Georgia by installing bull kelp enhancement plots; this is conducted using the methods established by Project Watershed for their bull kelp enhancement plots off Hornby Island. The work performed by MABRRI, as well as Project Watershed, is an important restoration initiative that aims to contribute to re-establishing bull kelp beds within the Strait of Georgia.