feature (id #27):
Bull Kelp Beds (polygons)

category kelp
description Bull kelp (Nereocystis luetkeana) is an annual which forms large kelp forests. Its habitat is generally in subtidal water, to about 17 metres.
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for data layer: Harbours Atlas

custodian — Capital Regional District: Jody Watson

restrictions — There are restrictions set on BCMCA distributing the raw data, feature data, and Marxan-ready data.

for data layer: Merged Kelp Datasets

custodian — Living Oceans Society: Carrie Robb

for data layer: Haida Gwaii Marine Plants

custodian — Parks Canada: Patrick Bartier

for data layer: Pacific Rim Confidence Weighted Abundance Rasters

custodian — Parks Canada: Mike Collyer

for data layer: Kelp Surveys

custodian — Province of British Columbia - Coastal Resource Information Management System (CRIMS): Carol Ogborne: http://catalogue.data.gov.bc.ca/dataset/2d994dbd-0518-4463-ac52-28bd05129371

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