What’s Happening to the Kelp?

That’s what someone asked me recently at the Farmer’s Market.  Kelp forests along the northern California coast are disappearing.  We ask two researchers who have been studying kelp for years to explain what a “kelp forest” is, how it functions in the nearshore marine ecosystem, and what is causing the disappearance.

Dr. Cynthia Catton of the Department of Fish & Wildlife and Dr. Mark Carr of the University of California – Santa Cruz are our guests.

What Can You Do?
Here are a few ways to become involved:

  • Share this blog post on your social media accounts. This is an important message. Please help spread the word!
  • Volunteer with CDFW: Volunteers are needed to help with research and data collection. You can sign up as a CDFW Natural Resource Volunteer, or contact CDFW directly (contact information below) for more information about volunteering on projects related to north coast kelp forest recovery research.

Dr. Cynthia Catton
Environmental Scientist
California Department of Fish and Wildlife
Email: Cynthia.Catton@wildlife.ca.gov
Phone: 707-875-2072

  • Report Observations: If you have observed related events, and would like to share your observations and photos, please contact CDFW’s marine invertebrate team (contact information above). The most helpful Information for research will include the date, location, and depth of your observations.



About Tim

Host for Oak and Thorn on the first and third Sundays of every month, and The Ecology Hour on the fourth Tuesday of every month. Oak & Thorn aims to present the widest possible spectrum of Celtic music, from traditional to contemporary styles, along with information about history and culture. The Ecology Hour- Science Edition (co-hosted with Bob Spies) presents recent scientific findings about the natural world and our place in it. My other interests include brewing, gardening, birding, cooking, woodworking, and history. I live on Middle Ridge in Albion, California, among wonderful neighbors.
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