GreenWave: Restorative Polyculture & Kelp Conservation Initiative

Latest update April 9, 2019 Started on April 9, 2019
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We're excited to study the habitat and other ecosystem services provided by restorative ocean polyculture and explore ocean polyculture as a vehicle for kelp restoration and conservation.

April 9, 2019
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Kelp farms and kelp beds come in many shapes and sizes, and provide numerous ecosystem services--from taking up excess nutrients such as nitrogen and phosphorus in Long Island Sound, to absorbing carbon and mitigating the effects of ocean acidification near where it grows. We're excited to monitor habitat on our restorative ocean farms and track health of natural kelp beds throughout our region. Right now, we do this mostly from our vantage point aboard the F/V Mookie, with occasional assistance from a GoPro. But we're just skimming the surface. Last week, we had a chance to test drive a Trident ROV. We look forward to adding the Trident to our toolkit and bringing you along on our underwater expedition. We'll be adding some posts (and underwater footage) to our expedition shortly. Follow along!

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In The Field
Expedition Background

GreenWave’s polyculture vertical farming system grows a mix of seaweeds and shellfish that require no fertilizer, feed or land and sequesters carbon and rebuilds reef ecosystems. We are excited to use the Trident ROV to observe native kelp populations in Long Island Sound and beyond, study the habitat and other ecosystem services provided by restorative ocean polyculture, and explore ocean polyculture as a vehicle for kelp restoration and conservation.

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I applaud there efforts growing kelp, but they do not have an FDA license to grow and sell shellfish. Shellfish provide great ecosystem services but one must have the necessary licenses to cultivate your own shellfish.

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