WP2 fieldwork- in situ decomposition experiment

Trying out Dory, our new Blueye underwater drone, to check the kelp decomposition status. Video coming soon!”




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"The green shift in the sea - How to make room for a large kelp industry?"

Seminar held by The Bellona Foundation.

Ole Jacob Broch (SINTEF) and Kasper Hancke (NIVA) from the KELPPRO team were invited to the seminar to talk about the potential of industrial kelp farming and the impacts on coastal environments.

Kasper Hancke giving his presentation at Arendalsuka

 WP4 fieldwork completed!

This workpackage focuses on the effect on kelp farms on the marine benthic ecosystems, including questions like: will the kelp farm function as an “artificial” kelp forest?

First day after Easter, four scientists (Kasper Hancke, Eli Rinde, Hartvig Christie & Trine Bekkby) and two Master students headed off to Frøya collecting kelp and associated animals in a kelp farm and sourrounding natural kelp forests. In order to see if the farmed kelp has any similarities with the natural kelp, animals

were collected both in Saccharina latissima and Alaria esculents forests (as both these species are grown in the farm). Fauna associated with S. latissima seeded out at different times in the farm was also collected.

Animals were also collected in the Laminaria hyperborea kelp forests growing adjacent to the farm to see if the farmed kelp associated fauna was more similar to this species of kelp, growing just outside the farm, or if the farm has a kelp species specific fauna. Fauna traps were put out in the water masses as a control. Addittionally, fish were collected in both the farm, the natural kelp forests and in the water masses. Individual kelps from both the farm and the natural kelp forests were measured and weighed and epiphytic algae brought back to the lab.

Blueye ROV

The new Blueye ROV has arrived and it has been given the name DORY! The name fits well with the new ROVs skills and visuals, as Dory is fast, energetic, curious, blue (and yellow?) and looking out for adventures, but also impulsive and short-minded never remembering where she has just been..


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READ KELPPROs annual report for 2018


NOV 2018- Oslo Science Park

The first KELPPRO annual meeting was held in november. Participants from all partners were presented in addtion to representatives from the Norwegian Environment Agency and the Norwegian Directorate of Fisheries, among other.

WP2 FIELD WORK completed!

OCT 2018-T2.3 Impact studies on seafloor biodiversity and function

In October a WP2 cruise in Frohavet and Frøya was conducted on board NTNU's research vessel, R/V Gunnerus. Kasper Hancke and Gunhild Borgersen from NIVA were responsible for collecting benthic fauna and sediments and they can confirm that the old saying is true: there is a pot of gold (or at least some pretty nice core samples) at the end of the rainbow!