Sussex Bay Marine Park – Kelp restoration

Supporting the restoration of kelp off our local coast was one of 18 Adur & Worthing Climate Assembly recommendation (Image Copyright - Big Wave Productions)

The ambitious plans for a Sussex Bay Marine Park and overwhelming support for kelp restoration are clear examples of how Adur & Worthing Councils are delivering on the Climate Assembly recommendations.

Last year, a representative group of more than 40 Adur and Worthing residents were randomly selected and brought together by the Councils, to identify ways to work together to tackle climate change and support our places to thrive.

Supporting the restoration of kelp off our local coast was one of 18 Adur & Worthing Climate Assembly recommendations, which were noted and approved by senior councillors earlier this year.

Now that work and the restoration of the kelp forest is a focus of the latest SustainableAW magazine produced by Councils to showcase efforts by officers and the wider community to introduce climate change tackling measures in our places.

The Assembly recommendation on kelp fell into the wider theme of green spaces and biodiversity, which also includes recommendations on rewilding parks and open spaces and increasing local community food growing.

As previously reported, the Councils are set to become the first local authorities in the UK to lease the seabed off their coast from the Queen, in a pioneering project to invest in climate change measures and restore marine habitat.

Plans for a Sussex Bay Marine Park along the entire county coast, east and west, would protect vital marine life, restore estuary habitat and even create a destination for eco tourism.

The move will support the restoration of natural kelp, of which there are three smaller species on the Sussex coast. All of them are ecosystem engineers, which provides food, shelter and crucial habitats for marine life, including juvenile fish.

If fully restored a kelp forest off the Sussex Coast could capture the carbon emissions equivalent to 66 million miles driven in a family diesel or the carbon emissions of 7,235 homes.

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