BELFAST — Students from the Belfast Marine Institute at Belfast Area High School took time last week to check their work in seeding kelp off City Park.

BMI has seeded the harbor with kelp spores in hopes of growing the marine product through the winter and harvesting it in the spring. Students pulled in the three kelp lines for inspection and analysis. Student also recorded marine life observations for later study.

“They are growing very well,” said BMI teacher Charles Lagerbom. “Little tendrils have started. We anticipate more vigorous growth in the next few months as the sun comes back.”

While their classmates hauled in lines on the harbor, other BMI students worked on shore recording data on water temperature, salinity and density.

BMI students will conduct several more inspection and analysis operations throughout the winter with the harvesting of the kelp expected in April or May 2023.