Nereocystis kelp canopy productivity data from BC Central Coast, 2016-2020

The nereocystis canopy production dataset is a component of Hakai Institute’s Nearshore research and monitoring program. This dataset documents seasonal changes in Nereocystis luetkeana density, size structure and growth parameters at multiple locations near Calvert Island on the Central Coast of British Columbia (BC), from 2016 - 2020. Each year, sites were visited 1 - 5 times over the summer months (April-September) and 0 - 2 times over the winter months. Fifteen plants were tagged at each site to measure individual stipe growth, blade elongation, blade erosion, change in number of blades and plant survival. Additional plants (up to 45 per site) were measured for stipe and blade size structure distributions. Three permanent transect lines were used to track change in plant density and relocate the tagged plants. Blade growth rate ranged from 0 to 15 cm per day through the summer months and stipe growth ranged from 0 to 12 cm a day, depending on site and time of year. Based on this data we can determine which field parameters best correlate with overall kelp productivity and biomass, and ultimately, refine metrics for long-term assessments of Nereocystis luetkeana in BC.

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Metadata Reference Date(s) January 13, 2022 (Publication)
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Dataset Reference Date(s) November 26, 2019 (Publication)
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Responsible Party 1
Name
Ondine Pontier
Affiliation
Hakai Institute
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ondine.pontier@hakai.org
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Hakai Institute
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data@hakai.org
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Jen Burt
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Daniel Okamoto
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Margot Hessing-Lewis
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Hakai Institute
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margot@hakai.org
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Ocean Variables Macroalgal canopy cover and composition
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