These data describe the abundance of giant kelp located at SBC LTER
long-term kelp removal experiment sites. The number of fronds on each
plant > 1 m tall within 40 m x 2 m transects in each plot is
recorded in selected 20 m2 sub-sections of
each transect. In continuous removal plots plants are removed after
The kelp removal experiment was initiated in 2008 at selected reef
sites along the mainland coast of the Santa Barbara Channel. The
following three giant kelp manipulations are maintained in sampling
plots at each site:
- Control: Macrocystis pyriferais left intact in
a 2000 m2plot.
- Annual removal: Macrocystis pyriferais removed
from an adjacent 2000 m2plot once each
winter and allowed to re-colonize over the course of the year.
- Continuous removal: Macrocystis pyriferais
removed from a 200 m2area within the 2000
m2 plot on each sampling date.