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Kelp Forests & Sea Conservation, with Henri Brocklebank

Ep. 18

I'm delighted to be joined this week by Henri Brocklebank, Director of Conservation Policy & Evidence at Sussex Wildlife Trust. In an episode recorded in early February 2021, I talked with Henri about kelp as a climax habitat and the new bylaw (just) passed which will restrict trawling off the Sussex coast in the Channel to 4km offshore. 

We talked about how the bylaw will help restore the 200km2 forest lost to human activity

- why kelp is such a big deal for not just inshore waters but the local culture and economy and the livelihoods of the fishing fleet

- How the English channel formed and how its shallowness has influenced its biodiversity - including the mammoth tusks dredged by the trawlers which have done so much damage 

- offshore wind and how to do marine actively sensitively

We also talked about how to value nature, and why marine environments have been slower to be included in investable models of habitat restoration like peat, mangrove and trees.


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