The Kelp Forests Ecology Group (KFEG).
Since 2011, a group of scientists and students from UABC (Universidad Autónoma de Baja California) in Ensenada, Mexico, have established a program to monitor the kelp forest ecosystems of Baja California. The objectives of the monitoring are to understand variations in space and time of the fish, macroinvertebrates and macroalgae communities inhabiting the kelp forests. The group looks for common patterns in the abundance and size of different taxonomic groups that play important ecological roles in the ecosystem or have a commercial importance in the region. This helps the team understand how the communities are structured. The monitoring program represents the leading fishery independent data source for Baja’s kelp communities. The group aims to provide information to decision-makers in order to help direct the management and conservation of Baja’s kelp forests. Kelp forests are the most productive marine ecosystems in the region, therefore the data gathered is of paramount importance if Baja’s coastal marine ecosystems are to be used responsibly and sustainably.