Sedimentation

The Sussex Kelp Restoration Partnership are working to identify and minimise damaging impacts on existing and potential kelp habitat

The Nearshore Trawling Byelaw 2019 removed one of the damaging impacts on kelp habitats, but other factors may hinder the natural recovery of historic kelp beds. Sediment from land run-off and dumping of dredged spoil is one of these factors and the Sussex Kelp Restoration Project partners are investigating the sources and impacts of sediment to inform future action.

In September 2021, a Sussex Sediment Sources and Impacts Workshop brought together over 40 stakeholders from government agencies, NGOs, universities, community groups and local authorities to share research, project learnings and concerns about the impacts of sediment on kelp and local fisheries.

A report summarising the outcomes from the workshop can be downloaded here and you can watch the full workshop here:

Sussex Kelp Sediment Sources and Impacts Workshop

Sussex Sediment Sea User Survey

If you spend time in or on the Sussex sea and you would like to help the Sussex Kelp Restoration Project understand more about sedimentation and its impacts please take a few moments to fill out this short survey:

Sussex Sediment Sea User Survey

This will help the Sussex Kelp Restoration Project identify priority areas for further investigation and action. The survey will be open until 28 February 2022.

Sussex Sediment Survey - location data