The Nature Conservancy's new Kelp Restoration Guidebook. LESSONS LEARNED FROM KELP RESTORATION PROJECTS AROUND THE WORLD is an invaluable resource.
"The intent is for this guidebook to serve as a starting point for practitioners, researchers, managers, and custodians to learn about the steps of restoration and access an active community of practice—all to improve the likelihood of success for future restoration projects."
This amazing doctoral dissertation by Josh Smith reveals dynamic relationships between kelp forests, urchins, and sea otters in Monterey Bay.
Smith JG. 2021. Patch dynamics, behavioral responses, and kelp forest stability across a mosaic of ecosystem states. Doctoral dissertation, UC Santa Cruz. ProQuest ID: Smith_ucsc_0036E_12271.
Sea urchin removal has long been used to investigate kelp-sea urchin dynamics and is increasingly being promoted for kelp forest restoration. In this review, we assess the methods and outcomes of sea urchin removal experiments to evaluate their potential use and feasibility as a tool for restoring macroalgal forests.
Front. Mar. Sci., 24 February 2022 | https://doi.org/10.3389/fmars.2022.831001
Kelpwatch.org hosts the latest kelp distribution data for canopy-forming kelp species from Baja California, Mexico to the Oregon–Washington State border from 1984 to the present. These data are intended to provide a foundation for research and management of kelp forests.