Recovery in a High Arctic Kelp Community (AK-08-12-02)
Information from this study will be used by Alaska OCS Region staff to acquire a better understanding of how sessile communities recover after disturbances in the Boulder Patch, a high Arctic kelp community. This will be used in preparing future Beaufort Sea exploration and development EISs, and in reviewing oil-spillcontingency plans for OCS and coastal facilities. This study addresses aspects of USGS study recommendation 3.04.
The Boulder Patch kelp community in the Prudhoe Bay area of the Beaufort Sea is a sensitive habitat which has the potential of being impacted by oil and gas activities. Some rocks there were cleared in 2002 and have been monitored from 2002 to 2006. Because of the very slow natural recruitment observed then it is necessary to continue this monitoring for another four years to determine the reasons for this slow recruitment, how the communities naturally recover from disturbances, the initial recruitment, and possibly the natural succession.
Data and Resources
Website :: BOEM Alaska Environmental Stewardship Website
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