Proposed Abstract Title

Elliott Bay Marina Breakwater Bull Kelp Restoration: Surviving in an Urban Environment as Kelp Beds Decline throughout Puget Sound

Type of Presentation

Oral

Session Title

Marine Ecosystem Restoration in the Urban Environment

Location

2016SSEC

Description

Extensive subtidal canopy beds of bull kelp, Nereocystis luetkeana, have diminished throughout Puget Sound over the past three decades. The Suquamish Tribe partnered with the Puget Sound Restoration Fund to investigate methods to restore bull kelp to pilot project sites with limited success in recent years. The Elliott Bay Marina breakwater was one of the donor sites used for this effort. Interestingly, the bull kelp introduced to the marina breakwater persists in an urban environment even as has kelp has declined throughout much of its historic Puget Sound range. This is an example of successful high value habitat created in an urban environment.

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http://cedar.wwu.edu/ssec/2014ssec/Day1/43/

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Elliott Bay Marina Breakwater Bull Kelp Restoration: Surviving in an Urban Environment as Kelp Beds Decline throughout Puget Sound

2016SSEC

Extensive subtidal canopy beds of bull kelp, Nereocystis luetkeana, have diminished throughout Puget Sound over the past three decades. The Suquamish Tribe partnered with the Puget Sound Restoration Fund to investigate methods to restore bull kelp to pilot project sites with limited success in recent years. The Elliott Bay Marina breakwater was one of the donor sites used for this effort. Interestingly, the bull kelp introduced to the marina breakwater persists in an urban environment even as has kelp has declined throughout much of its historic Puget Sound range. This is an example of successful high value habitat created in an urban environment.