Event Title

Kelp canopy restoration; enhancement practice development in Puget Sound

Presentation Abstract

Responding to empirical declines in seasonal canopy kelp and fueled by the interest to recover the community assemblages supported by this habitat, restoration activities are contemplated for the canopy species Nereocystis luetkeana. Our objective with the current work is to develop an enhancement practice that can meet criterions for practical implementation and scalability. A 2017 experiment conducted in Puget Sound assessed the fate in situ of alternate generation kelp transfers, produced from a common laboratory culture. The monthly treatments represented transfers of wild sorus, zoospores, gametophytes and germling sporophytes. Our results suggest optimal materials and timing of transfers for recruitment success. We will discuss the methods and logistics for implementing these kelp enhancements and anticipate where this work will go in 2018.

Session Title

Kelp Distribution and Recovery Strategies in the Salish Sea: Part II

Conference Track

SSE1: Habitat Restoration and Protection

Conference Name

Salish Sea Ecosystem Conference (Seattle, WA : 2018)

Document Type

Event

SSEC Identifier

SSE1-661

Start Date

6-4-2018 11:30 AM

End Date

6-4-2018 11:45 AM

Type of Presentation

Oral

Contributing Repository

Digital content made available by University Archives, Heritage Resources, Western Libraries, Western Washington University.

Geographic Coverage

Salish Sea (B.C. and Wash.)

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Language

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Kelp canopy restoration; enhancement practice development in Puget Sound

Responding to empirical declines in seasonal canopy kelp and fueled by the interest to recover the community assemblages supported by this habitat, restoration activities are contemplated for the canopy species Nereocystis luetkeana. Our objective with the current work is to develop an enhancement practice that can meet criterions for practical implementation and scalability. A 2017 experiment conducted in Puget Sound assessed the fate in situ of alternate generation kelp transfers, produced from a common laboratory culture. The monthly treatments represented transfers of wild sorus, zoospores, gametophytes and germling sporophytes. Our results suggest optimal materials and timing of transfers for recruitment success. We will discuss the methods and logistics for implementing these kelp enhancements and anticipate where this work will go in 2018.