This indicator assesses long-term trends in the extent of canopy-forming kelp forests at sampling locations throughout Washington State by tracking the area of kelp beds on the water surface. Results at each location are synthesized with other information into an overall assessment of floating kelp status within 11 sub-basins defined by oceanography.
This is the first report for this indicator, and it was made possible by a unique collaboration among a diverse group of organizations and individuals, including state agencies, Tribes, community science, and NGOs. The results of this indicator will inform kelp management and restoration across Washington State.
No targets are currently set for this indicator.