Urchins and Kelp: The need to balance

Throughout the Pacific we are seeing an alarming reduction in the number of kelp forests. The sea star wasting that has been decimating the sea star populations along the US and Canadian West Coast, and the absence of sea otters along much of this same region, has left sea urchins without their main predators and has allowed them to devour many kelp forests.

The Haida Gwaii of British Columbia depend on kelp forests for the health of their waters and on sea urchins for their diet. They have found a way to address the problem in their tribal waters. Click on the link below and learn what they are doing for the sake of their tribal waters and the future of their people.

https://www.hakaimagazine.com/videos-visuals/smashing-urchins-for-kelp/

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