Today five volunteers: Ron, Michele, Nancy, Victor and Michael divided themselves into two crews and began mapping Gabriola's kelp beds. Using GPS units to mark the exact locations of the plants, we worked our way from Silva Bay all the way down to Whalebone Beach. We also noted the density of the beds, time and water temperature. We were pleasantly surprised to find more kelp than we'd expected and it seemed quite healthy. Over the next few weeks, we will continue this work until we've circumnavigated the island.