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Duckfoot:
One of two well written articles from University of California, Santa Cruz regarding the future of Northern California kelp.
I appreciate how "the perfect storm" is never mentioned. The article sticks to what is and is not known without going into a sales pitch like we've seen too often in the past.
https://phys.org/news/2021-03-collapse-northern-california-kelp-forests.html
...thought I had the second article bookmarked. I'll post it when I come across it again.

NorCal DiverDave:
Read the article, no bull kelp any time soon. That sucks.

prd:
ignorant question: any reason there isn't a bigger govt emphasis on "planting" kelp in affected regions?

Some combination of kelp introduction and urchin culling would seem to address two of the major drivers of the current situation.

Duckfoot:

--- Quote from: prdr on March 16, 2021, 10:23:10 AM ---ignorant question: any reason there isn't a bigger govt emphasis on "planting" kelp in affected regions?

Some combination of kelp introduction and urchin culling would seem to address two of the major drivers of the current situation.

--- End quote ---

There are a number of people on this list who I'm sure would be happy to answer that question.

https://farallones.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/KRWG-Members.pdf

prd:
Thanks for sharing that. It looks like that working group led to this action plan (https://farallones.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/Bull-Kelp-Recovery-Plan-2019.pdf) and it basically had two recommendations: kill urchins, figure out how to grow kelp at scale

There was some interesting far out ideas mentioned in there that were ruled out. One was engineering a purple urchin disease  :o

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