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Episode 1403: Kelp: Hidden Treasure of the Salish Sea

Kelp: Hidden Treasure of the Salish Sea

The kelp forests of the Pacific Northwest’s Puget Sound have played an essential role in the local ecosystem for thousands of years, providing an underwater haven and food source for hundreds of species of mammals, fish, and invertebrates, including the area’s iconic Southern Resident killer whales. Today, this hidden treasure of the Salish Sea is in documented decline, but a diverse web of resource managers, scientists, tribal citizens, and advocates across the region are working against time to solve the mysteries of conserving and restoring kelp forests.


Experts

Meet the experts featured in this episode.


Image Credits

Changing Seas would like to thank the following individuals and institutions who kindly allowed their footage, images and other media to be used in this production:

 

Sealife Productions

 

Puget Sound Restoration Fund

 

Paul Hillman

NOAA Fisheries Service

 

Tyler Cowdrey

Washington State Department of Natural Resources

 

Laura James Videographer

Courtesy Samish Indian Nation

 

Brooke Weigel

University of Washington

 

PNW Protectors

 

Jack Riley

 

Ryan Campbell

 

NOAA Fisheries

Video Taken Under NMFS ESA/MMPA Permit No. 16163 and NMFS Research Permit Numbers: 

18786 & 21368

 

Katy Foster and NOAA Fisheries

 filmed under NMFS Research Permit No. 21368

 

Storyblocks

Special Thanks:

 

Fleur Anteau and University of Washington

Friday Harbor Labs 

 

Jason Ticknor

Samish Indian Nation

 

Sarah van Gelder and Tom Ostrom

Suquamish Tribe

 

Thea Roe

Deception Pass State Park

 

Jason Armstrong

Washington State Park & Recreation Commission

 

Bob Vaux

City of Anacortes

 

Sylvana Niehuser

City of Olympia Parks

 

Kelly L. Von Holtz

The Evergreen State College 

 

Jeff Henderson

Port of Indianola

 

Patricia Smith 


Funding for this episode of Changing Seas was provided by: