As part of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) and the California Fish and Game Commission’s (FGC) ongoing effort to review and consider changes for the commercial harvest of marine algae, CDFW has formed an ad hoc Bull Kelp Working Group (BKWG) aimed at collaboratively developing potential regulatory changes to manage commercial bull kelp through a regional approach including consideration of specific harvest methods and data needs.
The BKWG consists of a small group of vested participants representing various key constituencies. The BKWG brings together commercial harvesters, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), kelp aquaculture businesses, and academic researchers to have focused discussions regarding bull kelp management.
The first BKWG meeting was held on December 30, 2020.
Bull Kelp Working Group Meeting Summaries