How will your Stay Help?
For every reservation booked, we will plant one kelp through Ocean Wise's project.
Staying more than one night?
Opt out of housekeeping and we'll plant 10 kelp! Just let our Guest Services team know.
For this project, veritree is working closely with Coastal Kelp and the Sechelt First Nations to restore kelp forest along their territory, Hotham Sound and Powell River in British Columbia, Canada.
New and innovative techniques will be used to seed bull kelp and sugar kelp. This project will produce millions of Kelp Sporophytes planted on a mix of line and green gravel in the Indigenous waters in British Columbia, Canada.
Ocean Wise's Goal
With your support, the goal of this project is to restore kelp forests in the Pacific. With our partner, Ocean Wise, we will be restoring kelp forests along the Pacific coasts of British Columbia, Canada and Chile. New and innovative techniques will be used to seed giant kelp, bull kelp, and sugar kelp. This project will deliver at least 250,000 m2 (25 ha) of sea-forested kelp in BC and at least 3000 ha in Chile by 2027.
Why Kelp Forests?
Kelp holds great cultural and ecological significance for Indigenous communities in the Pacific Northwest. Kelp has been used for centuries as a food source, medicine, and material for crafts and ceremonies. These forests also provide important habitat for a wide variety of marine life, which has sustained Indigenous fishing practices for generations. Today, many Indigenous communities are working to restore and protect kelp beds as part of their cultural heritage and efforts to promote ocean health.
Kelp forests are underwater habitats made up of many different species of kelp that form canopies over the seafloor. They thrive in cool, nutrient-rich waters along rocky coastlines in the Pacific, Atlantic, and Arctic Oceans, supporting biodiversity and housing thousands of marine species, providing food and shelter, much like forests on land. Globally, over 40 percent of kelp forests have declined over the past five decades as a result of climate change, overexploitation, and pollution.