Leanne Morris Bennet is an aquaculture extension officer with the National Fisheries Authority in Jamaica, currently pursuing a master of science in aquatic biology in Iceland, where her research focuses on oyster farming in Jamaica.
Seaweed aquaculture and kelp forest restoration are getting a tentative nod as a blue carbon strategy – but the way policymakers structure carbon credits and offsets may make its benefits theoretical instead of bankable.
Artificial reefs made from innovative, low-carbon emission materials have the potential to improve biodiversity around aquaculture sites and may even open up opportunities for multi-trophic aquaculture, according to Max Morgan-Kay of ARC Marine.
Collectively managed ”sea allotments”, which produce mussels for consumption by local communities, are a growing trend in Denmark, as more people bid to produce environmentally sustainable – and delicious – local seafood.
A new project that aims to investigate growing kelp and mussels alongside offshore wind turbines – as well as researching the potential for artificial reefs – has been awarded a NOK 84 million (£7 million) grant.
Although Tunisia has a relatively undeveloped aquaculture sector, it has huge potential – with 1,350 kilometres of Mediterranean coastline, a maritime domain of over 80,000 square kilometres and seven lagoons covering 100,000 hectares.
Pacific Ocean Culture, which specialises in giant freshwater prawns and tilapia farming, is already the biggest aquaculture player in the South Pacific and now aims to triple production to support Fijian government goals.
Mercedes Wanguemert, one of Europe’s foremost sea cucumber experts, explains her role in the formation of the continent’s fledgling sea cucumber aquaculture sector and why she believes that the echinoderms have huge untapped potential.
GreenWave’s pilot seaweed subsidies programme can “prime the pump” for meaningful volumes of kelp to be grown in the US, according to Bren Smith, helping to provide livelihoods and ecosystem services in equal measure.
A recent trial demonstrated that growing blue mussels (Mytilus edulis) alongside sugar kelp (Saccharina latissima) can significantly increase seaweed yields and enhance pigment content in the blades – but the benefit could come from improved …
Barely a day goes by without one media outlet or another waxing lyrical over the numerous benefits of seaweeds, and how they are going to save the planet. Some of it may be hype, but there is also much to be said for this sector, which is newly emerging in the…
A Dutch startup is planning to integrate aquaculture of seaweed and bivalve shellfish into floating breakwaters – simultaneously protecting fragile coastlines, providing ecosystem services and potentially producing seafood.
Results from an integrated multi-trophic aquaculture (IMTA) project with sea cucumbers and marine finfish show that the system is feasible, but practitioners need to refine their designs to ensure the sea cucumbers thrive.
Despite only representing about 1 percent of global seaweed cultivation volumes, green macroalgae (Chlorophyta) could play a decisive role in the commercial seaweed sector as it expands and diversifies.
With over 150 oil rigs being decommissioned in the Gulf of Mexico each year, Ivan Puckett and Kent Satterlee, two of the three founders of Blue Silo Aquaculture LLC, explain why they aim to convert as many rigs as possible for alternative uses, including offsh…