Bull Kelp Buoyancy Assessment

Kelp farm anchoring systems are crucial and costly and necessitate a balance between cost and effectiveness. This is particularly challenging when growing buoyant bull kelp. The lack of data on how the buoyancy of bull kelp changes throughout the growing season complicates the design of effective anchoring systems. This project aims to address this gap by monitoring bull kelp buoyancy at an exposed site in Prince William Sound over a year using suspended crab pots seeded with bull kelp.

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Project Term: 2023 – 2025

Funding: $100,000, Alaska Fisheries Development Foundation (AMC) Joint Innovation Projects