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Sussex Kelp Recovery Project – active restoration


The web page explains the Sussex Kelp Recovery Project’s approach to kelp restoration. Although the page is titled ‘Active restoration’ it actually focuses on explaining the potential drawbacks of active restoration, and why this project is instead taking a passive rewilding approach instead. This is based on removing the main pressure on kelp, which was sea-bed trawling, and then waiting to see if the seabed recovers naturally, with regular monitoring to observe changes.


Guidance type/project stage

  • Ecosystem creation
  • Governance
  • Implementation
  • Ecosystem management
  • Monitoring and assessment
  • Planning
  • Ecosystem restoration


  • Coastal and marine
  • Rewilding

Challenges addressed

  • Climate change adaptation
  • Biodiversity
  • Food production
  • Health, wellbeing & cultural value
  • Climate change mitigation
  • Natural flood management
  • Water quality

Source | Sussex Kelp Recovery Project

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