The Brighton Dolphin Project often teams up with members of the local community, including conservation organisations, to help support projects and campaigns which help to preserve our spectacular marine wildlife found in Sussex, as well as the ocean home in which they live in.

Help Our Kelp

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Kelp is the name given to a group of seaweeds, which often form dense aggregations known as ‘kelp forests’. These forests once stretched along 40km of the Sussex coastline from Selsey to Shoreham, and provided a vital habitat, nursery and feeding ground for seahorses, cuttlefish, lobster, sea bream and bass. Kelp forests can lock up huge quantities of carbon, helping us to fight climate change, whilst improving water quality and reducing coastal erosion by absorbing the power of ocean waves.

Sadly these forests are under threat: storm damage, changing practices in fishing, and the dumping of sediments have taken their toil. Now there is a chance to bring it back.

A proposal for a new bylaw will stop trawling within 4km of the coast, which if approved, will allow the rewilding of kelp forests along the Sussex coastline.

"The loss of the Sussex kelp forests over the past 40 years is a tragedy. We've lost critical habitat that is key for nursery grounds, for water quality and for storing carbon. This marine rewildling project, if approved, will ensure the Sussex seas remain healthy for generations to come, and could have far-reaching impact for other parts of the UK coast.” Sir David Attenborough.

YOU CAN HELP!

The bylaw is currently out for public consultation, and marine conservation organisations want to hear your thoughts and views. Please show your support by completing the form on the link below, and together we can restore this vital habitat for our local seas and its wildlife. The consolation ends on 10th October. 
https://sussexwildlifetrust.org.uk/what-we-do/living-seas/kelp

Check out this spectacular footage, narrated by the one and only Sir David Attenborough, with footage from Mark Sharman, underwater cameraman for Blue Planet 2.

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