Maine’s Fastest Growing Aquaculture Sector

 Seagriculture EU 2024

Maine’s cold pristine waters are the ideal environment for kelp, a cash crop which doesn’t need irrigation, pesticides, or fertilizers. It’s clean enough to eat straight out of the water, and it helps to clean the water it grows in.

Maine is the kelp capital of America, followed closely by Alaska. Other states are now getting on board, making seaweed farming the fastest growing aquaculture sector in the U.S. There’s plenty of room for growth, however, as the U.S. only makes up about 0.01% of global seaweed production.

Sea farmer Ken Sparta is enthusiastic about the many uses for their kelp harvest, noting there are folks in Maine working to make plastics out of it, employing it in the cosmetics industry, processing it into animal feed, and using it for organic fertilizer. However, it is increasingly agreed that the fastest growing application for kelp may be in claiming its place on dinner menus.

source: NOAA and NBC News

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