Kelp Node

Bull kelp along the coast.

The Kelp Node serves as a kelp-focused node for an emerging marine biodiversity network in US-Canada waters.

The Kelp Node is a growing cross-boundary network of kelp practitioners composed of First Nations stewards, researchers, managers, policy makers, educators, and citizen scientists. Based in the Pacific Northwest, it builds on international initiatives endorsed by the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development.

The Kelp Node is the first node under BioActNet, a transboundary marine biodiversity network.

The Kelp Node aims to:

  • Advance kelp conservation, management, and recovery in the transboundary waters of British Columbia (Canada) and Washington (USA); by

  • Implementing and expanding collective actions for kelp; and 

  • Serving as a forum for communicating about and organizing relevant research activities.

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Working Groups

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Six Kelp Node working groups are structured by clusters of actions that will form a basis for knowledge exchange, data collation, novel research and policy advances.

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Our Region

BC & WA waters where the Kelp Node operates

Kelp Node coverage area map

We acknowledge and respect all the Indigenous peoples of the Northeast Pacific Region’s land and sea, on and in whose traditional, ancestral, and unceded territories we live, work, and play. This Region has been their home since time immemorial, and their relationships and connection with this land and sea continue to this day; acknowledging this in our current historical moment is crucial to advancing our shared future.