Socal Kelp Consortium

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MBC Aquatic Sciences has been conducting studies to monitor the health of giant kelp forests in southern California on behalf of the Region Nine Kelp Survey Consortium (RNKSC) since 1983 and the Central Region Kelp Survey Consortium (CRKSC) since 2003. The RNKSC and CRKSC programs combined include all coastal kelp beds from the Ventura River to the USA/Mexico border, representing approximately 81% of the southern California mainland coast (220 of the 270 miles). Quarterly aerial surveys are conducted to determine the areal extent of the surface canopy of each kelp bed, utilizing a method developed by the late Dr. Wheeler North of the California Institute of Technology in 1967. 

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The Region Nine Kelp Survey Consortium (RNKSC) was formed in 1982 to address regulations adopted by the San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board. The Central Region Kelp Survey Consortium (CRKSC) was formed in 2003 to address similar requirements formulated by the Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board.

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The Region Nine Kelp Survey Consortium (RNKSC) was formed in 1982 to address regulations adopted by the San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board. The Central Region Kelp Survey Consortium (CRKSC) was formed in 2003 to address similar requirements formulated by the Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board.

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SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA BIGHT REGIONAL AERIAL KELP SURVEYS

2018 was a good year for kelp.

Central Region:

• Total coverage increased from 4.9 to 7.9 km 2

• 23 beds increased in size

• 1 bed decreased in size

Region Nine:

• Total coverage increased from 3.3 to 11.0 km 2

• 15 beds increased in size

• 4 beds decreased in size

The total amount of kelp in the Central Region in 2019 was the highest amount observed in over50 years (see Figure 1). The total amount of kelp in Region Nine was high, but not as extensive aswhat has often been observed over the past ten years (see Figure 2)

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