November 21st, 2022
The Marine Planning Partnership (MaPP), an Ocean Decade-endorsed project, has launched a series of kelp monitoring training videos featuring tools, techniques and protocols being used to support standardized kelp monitoring in the MaPP region (two-thirds of British Columbia’s coast). The methods shown in the videos are accompanied by a detailed Kelp Monitoring Methods protocol document.
First Nations are applying this standardized methodology to collect and analyze data in the four MaPP sub-regions to find out:
Where the kelp is;
How kelp is changing;
What is causing the kelp to change; and
What else is affected by these changes to kelp.
Kelp monitoring information will be used to inform future management recommendations about protected areas, ecosystem health and marine use.