feature (id #25):
Giant Kelp Beds (polygons)


description — Giant Kelp (Macrocystis pyrifera) is perennial and beds are generally found in semi-protected areas as well as some semi-exposed areas. It is not found in areas of warm water with low salinity.  This feature includes records previously identified as Macrocystis integrifolia.

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2 comments about the feature
Giant Kelp Beds (polygons)

  • Carrie says:

    The atlas page for this feature has been updated to reflect the current scientific name for giant kelp (Macrocystis pyrifera).

  • Carrie says:

    One reviewer has noted that only one species of Macrocystis (Macrocystis pyrifera) is currently recognized and that what is listed here as Macrocystis integrifolia is indeed Macrocystis pyrifera, the same species shown in the Giant ‘Perennial’ Kelp feature.

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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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