Last month, Congressman Jared Huffman (D-San Rafeal) introduced a new bill to support kelp forest restoration in Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary and along the California coast. The legislation, called the Keeping Ecosystems Living and Productive (KELP) Act, authorizes important large-scale funding to go toward restoring critical kelp forest habitat. In addition, Congressman Huffman advocated for $500,000 to go to the Greater Farallones Kelp Recovery Program to be included in the FY 2022 Commerce, Justice, and Science House subcommittee appropriations bill.
Francesca Koe, Greater Farallones Association Board Member and Program Chair, said in Congressman Huffman’s recent press release: “Healthy kelp forests are vital to our way of life in Northern California. They provide shelter, food and forage for so many fish, seabirds and marine mammals not to mention the coastal communities, tribes and visitors who all benefit from the important ecosystem services bull kelp and giant kelp provide. The Greater Farallones Association is grateful to Congressman Jared Huffman for his leadership on this kelp bill and we are standing in strong support of it.”
Read more in The Press Democrat article, “Huffman proposes first major investment in kelp forest restoration: $50 million annually for four years.”
Learn more about the Greater Farallones Kelp Recovery Program.
Photo credit: NOAA, giant kelp forest