New Online Resource for Kelp and Other Marine Algae

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Giant kelp, Macrocystis pyrifera   photo by R. Flores-Miller

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife has produced a new web resource for kelp and other marine algae that provides information on commercial and recreational algae harvest, historical commercial harvest data, results of annual aerial kelp surveys and links to the datasets, reports including CEQA documents and CalCOFI fishery reviews, and information on commonly harvested marine algae.

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Bladderwrack, Fucus distichus photo by R. Flores-Miller

The new web resource will also serve as a central location for information regarding the ongoing three-phase review process for the commercial harvest of marine algae, which is currently in Phase Two – Management Policies.

For more information on the California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s management of marine algae, please visit the new Kelp and Other Marine Algae resource.


post by Rebecca Flores-Miller, CDFW Environmental Scientist