Bringing together researchers, fishers, government, industry and the community in conserving and restoring kelp forests

Kelp forests dominate the rocky reefs of temperate Australia, where they can grow up to 40 metres tall. They are the foundation of the Great Southern Reef, which stretches 8,000 kilometres along Australia’s southern coastline. Much like terrestrial forests, kelp forests are complex habitats that support entire communities of associate flora and fauna.

Unfortunately, in many places across Australia, kelp forests are being lost due to rising ocean temperatures, overgrazing, and pollution. We are working to restore kelp forests to help conserve these critically important ecosystems and to contribute to the health and economic vitality of our coastal communities.

Kelp forests are important breeding and feeding grounds for many marine species (image courtesy of Cayne Layton)

Kelp forests are important breeding and feeding grounds for many marine species (image courtesy of Cayne Layton)