Sussex Kelp Forest Restoration: Enhancing Essential Fish Habitats and Biodiversity
A Sussex marine environment enhancement and monitoring program
Our natural environment is our most precious inheritance. It is this Government’s ambition to leave our environment in a better state than we found it. In the inshore marine environment, protecting and enhancing essential fish habitats will ensure improved and sustainable fisheries. By fishing appropriately we will help to protect the wider marine ecosystems that underpin the fish species we rely on. In Sussex, we are working together to enhance the sites of historic dense kelp forest from Bognor Regis to Brighton. These historic kelp forests have disappeared since the 1980s. The reasons implicated in their loss include changes in fisheries practices, water quality and storm damage.
See a short film, narrated by Sir David Attenborough, talking about the value of Sussex kelp forests