Our goal is to reverse declines in canopy kelp beds in Puget Sound and develop viable solutions to recover the essential habitat they provide.

Where has the kelp gone in Puget Sound?

Major declines in floating kelp abundance have been documented throughout Puget Sound.  These species of large brown algae are an essential component of coastal rocky reef habitats in temperate oceans throughout the world.  In Washington State, the bull kelp, Nereocystis luetkeana, and the giant kelp, Macrocystis spp., form extensive forests in shallow, rocky habitats.  Because of their fast growth rates and large sizes, these algae are thought to contribute greatly to the productivity of shallow coastal marine ecosystems and as habitat for a diversity of fishes and invertebrates.

Restoring Kelp Habitat

Restoring Kelp Habitat

In addition to our Bull Kelp Restoration, see our Sugar Kelp Investigation page for other ways we are exploring how kelp may impact Puget Sound. We've come a long way but there is much to be done. Please consider supporting our Bull Kelp Restoration Program.

CONTACT     Brian Allen, Bull Kelp Program Director | brian@restorationfund.org