Blue Carbon & Data Harvesting
As ocean farmers, we harvest more than just food - we harvest data. GreenWave brought together a team of scientists, industry leaders, and environmental NGOs to launch a Blue Carbon project designed to develop the world’s first kelp carbon credit protocol for certification by international carbon credit agencies. In order to measure ecosystem services, increase yields, and create new data based income streams for farmers, we are working to embed sensors and underwater drones on farms to monitor our crops.
Photo Credit: Molly Deegan
Fertilizer & Feed
For hundreds of years, farmers have used the nutrients and trace elements in marine plants to enrich the soil and increase yields. GreenWave is reviving and scaling this tradition by partnering with The Hope Program to build a worker-owned fertilizer plant in the South Bronx to provide seaweed fertilizers to New York City parks.
At the same time, seaweeds are proving to be a powerful methane-reducing supplement in livestock feed. Field trials have shown that adding 1% of seaweed to fodder decreased methane production by 58%. GreenWave has partnered with Elm Innovations to explore open ocean farming trials of red algae to provide a consistent and scaled source of feed for cattle ranchers in California.
GreenWave’s Kelp Hatchery Innovation and Aquatic Science Internship Program ensures that the necessary research, innovation, and work experience is cultivated for the future of the restorative ocean industry. This program inspires a new generation of ocean scientists by offering opportunities for local students to learn and gain hands-on experience in our hatchery facilities alongside expert staff.
The demand for seaweed is growing rapidly across all markets: food, fertilizer, animal feed, cosmetics, and other value-added products. By leveraging our robust network of buyers, GreenWave works to open up new sales channels for ocean farmers. So far, we’ve connected farmers with national processing companies, entrepreneurs making value-added products, corporate cafeterias and retail outlets. GreenWave also incubates early stage product development across multiple sectors to increase demand for farmers’ crops.
The Green New Deal is a broad and ambitious agenda to invest in communities, infrastructure, technology, and good jobs to help the United States achieve environmental and economic justice, but it only mentions oceans one time. By unleashing the potential of our waters, we can curb climate change while vastly strengthening the blue economy. We teamed up with experts in marine science, fisheries, and business to craft this briefing that highlights how action at the intersection of these areas can and must play a large role in addressing climate change. Reforms within our food systems and investments in our waters and seafood infrastructure are vital to the environmental and economic goals of a Green New Deal.