Restoring the submarine forests of the Salish Sea topic for CV Nature
COMOX VALLEY ECHO OCTOBER 18, 2013
In 2007 researchers for the Lenfest Ocean Program at the Pew Charitable Trusts released an important groundbreaking report on the state of kelp forests and their ecological importance.
The state of kelp forests has been shown to control water temperature, ocean productivity as well as the ability of oceans to absorb carbon dioxide and therefore even climate regulation. Shorebird and salmon productivity depend on bull kelp.
As pointed out by Margaret Bowman, director of this program: “This study sounds an alarm to all those who love to walk on our beaches, fish in our oceans, eat seafood, or watch wildlife.”
Comox Valley Nature is pleased to host a one hour slide lecture by Amanda Zielinski entitled: “Turning the Tide on Declining Bull Kelp in Our Region.”
Amanda Zielinski is a professional diver based on Hornby Island who heads the “Bull Kelp Restoration Project.”
This is a regional effort to address this important and emerging problem.
The Bull Kelp Restoration Project works in co-operation with the Nile Creek Enhancement Society, the Deep Bay Marine Field Station and the Puget Sound Restoration Fund.
These relationships indicate how closely bull-kelp is associated with the state of our freshwater watersheds. The state of bull kelp forests is affected by nutrient and sediment discharges associated with agriculture, forestry and development. This is by far one of the most important unseen environmental challenges that we face today. It affects every facet of our lives. The Bull Kelp Restoration project deserves everybody’s support.
The meeting and illustrated lecture will take place on Sunday October 20 at 7pm, at the Florence Filberg Centre (411 Anderton Avenue) Admission: free to members, $3 to non-menbers.) Comox Valley Nature is a nonprofit society affiliated to BC Nature which fulfills its educational mandate by hosting monthly lectures, organizing free weekly guided hikes and undertaking a variety of environmental projects. Aside from its main activity as a non-profit, Comox Valley Nature also supports specialized groups (Birding, Botany, Garry Oak Restoration, Wetland Restoration, Photography and Young Naturalists Club).
Anyone interested in participating in CVNS activities can also contact us at the website http://comoxvalleynaturalist.bc.ca/or Loys Maingon
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