Nominations Open for New Working Group to Help Develop California’s Kelp Restoration and Management Plan

Dark and mysterious, kelp forests teem with darting fish, slow-moving abalone, hidden lobsters, and bright, swaying anemones. Kelp forests form the foundation of marine food webs, coastal economies, and Indigenous traditions – and now, California is developing a formal Kelp Restoration and Management Plan (KRMP) to guide the state’s efforts to manage, protect, and restore these underwater forests in California waters.  

Your help is needed to ensure the KRMP reflects community perspectives and the best available science. The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW), in partnership with the Ocean Protection Council, is looking for people to serve on the KRMP Community Working Group, which will form bull kelp and giant kelp subcommittees.

CDFW welcomes a wide range of Community Working Group nominations including the following groups:

  • California Tribes
  • Commercial harvesters
  • Local businesses
  • Recreational users
  • Non-governmental organizations
  • Academic and research institutions
  • State and federal partners
  • Other interested members of the community

If you are interested in serving on the Community Working Group, nominate yourself or another member of your community by 5:00 PM PDT on June 9, 2023.

For those planning to apply, please review additional information about the KRMP Community Working Group, including its charge, commitment, selection criteria, and expectations. CDFW anticipates making final member selections this summer.

If you have questions about the KRMP Community Working Group or the KRMP process more generally, please contact CDFW at

post by CDFW staff