The Oregon Kelp Alliance (ORKA) is a community-based organization representing diverse interests in kelp forest stewardship and restoration in the state of Oregon. ORKA is made up of scientists, natural resource managers, tribal representatives, commercial fishers, tour guides, chefs, and many more all working to support healthy kelp forests.
Members of ORKA are currently working to survey and monitor Oregon’s kelp forests, conduct experimental kelp forest restoration projects, and train kelp forest scientists and restoration specialists. Through ORKA and its partners, an innovative plan is underway to protect healthy kelp forests, restore targeted areas, and increase resiliency of Oregon’s kelp forests against future threats.
Our vision is to build a diverse, community-based kelp forest stewardship program to learn about, restore, maintain, and care for Oregon’s kelp forests now, and for generations to come.