Restore ocean health & re-wild the oceans
Posted by Samantha Deane | Zeist, Netherlands
Excess CO2 is causing climate change, heating and acidifying the oceans. Cultivating kelp forests which, scientists call these fast-growing underwater forests the “sequoias of the sea” for their ability to store large amounts of carbon dioxide, could help reverse the trend. By absorbing CO2 in the surrounding water, seaweed decreases acidification that can kill marine life. Through photosynthesis, kelp forests boost oxygen levels in the ocean thus de-acidifying the marine waters around them.
Kelp forests don’t just play a fundamental role in curbing climate change. Sea otters and some 800 other marine species depend on them. Gray whales shelter their young in kelp forests. The algae can also be used as biostimulants (which replace fertilizers), and when fed to cows cuts planet-warming methane emissions from their burps.
To have an impact we need to grow these forests at scale. To do so we need to go off-shore. Here is where Kelp Blue comes in. We years of offshore engineering to seaweed cultivation, to bring down cultivation costs by 90%. We will harvest and process the kelp canopy to be being economically self-sustainable and make products that further help avoid emissions.
We have a sustainable and scalable ocean based solution to climate change.