Event Title

Recreational Kelp Harvest Impacts

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Presentation Abstract

Intertidal recreational kelp harvest is popular during spring and summer low tides on western Whidbey Island beaches in the Smith and Minor Islands Aquatic Reserve (SMIAR). Little is known about recreational kelp harvest pressure, harvester practices and potential harvest impacts in the aquatic reserve. To address this knowledge gap, the SMIAR Citizen Stewardship Committee and the DNR Aquatic Reserve Program jointly conducted a two-part study at Libbey Beach. (1) Harvester surveys: From 2015-2018, the SMIAR Citizen Stewardship Committee and DNR measured wet weight of harvester buckets and conducted harvester interviews at Libbey Beach. (2) Kelp harvest treatment study: From 2017-2018, DNR led a treatment study to investigate within-year and between-year effects of kelp harvested using two different methods: a) sustainable harvest (cut 30 cm above the holdfast), and b) unsustainable harvest (cut at the stipe) of Alaria marginata (winged or ribbon kelp) and Saccharina (split-leaf kelp and sugar kelp).

Session Title

Session 2.2A: Kelp: Stressors, Trends, and Value (Part II)

Conference Track

Kelp & Seagrass

Conference Name

Salish Sea Ecosystem Conference (2020 : Online)

Document Type

Event

SSEC Identifier

2020_abstractID_4313

Start Date

22-4-2020 12:30 PM

End Date

22-4-2020 2:00 PM

Genre/Form

conference proceedings; presentations (communicative events)

Subjects – Topical (LCSH)

Kelp--Harvesting--Washington (State)--Whidbey Island; Kelp--Ecology--Washington (State)--Whidbey Island

Geographic Coverage

Salish Sea (B.C. and Wash.); Whidbey Island (Wash.)

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Type

Text

Language

English

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Recreational Kelp Harvest Impacts

Intertidal recreational kelp harvest is popular during spring and summer low tides on western Whidbey Island beaches in the Smith and Minor Islands Aquatic Reserve (SMIAR). Little is known about recreational kelp harvest pressure, harvester practices and potential harvest impacts in the aquatic reserve. To address this knowledge gap, the SMIAR Citizen Stewardship Committee and the DNR Aquatic Reserve Program jointly conducted a two-part study at Libbey Beach. (1) Harvester surveys: From 2015-2018, the SMIAR Citizen Stewardship Committee and DNR measured wet weight of harvester buckets and conducted harvester interviews at Libbey Beach. (2) Kelp harvest treatment study: From 2017-2018, DNR led a treatment study to investigate within-year and between-year effects of kelp harvested using two different methods: a) sustainable harvest (cut 30 cm above the holdfast), and b) unsustainable harvest (cut at the stipe) of Alaria marginata (winged or ribbon kelp) and Saccharina (split-leaf kelp and sugar kelp).