HELPING THE KELP

Wed, 2019-01-09

The giant and bull kelp plants that grace British Columbia’s waters are not only beautiful to look at; they are important indicators of the province’s coastal ecosystem health. First Nations Guardians are part of the vital and exciting work taking place to learn more about them.

“Some of the areas we are studying are incredibly biodiverse,” enthuses Markus Thompson. Thompson, a marine environmental practitioner based on Quadra Island, has been working over the 2018 season with First Nations Guardians, staff from Nanwakolas Council, the Hakai Institute Marine Plan Partnership for the North Pacific Coast and the (known as MaPP for short) on the first phase of a study of kelp in the waters around Northern Vancouver Island. 

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