Supporting Sustainability AND Employability

With the global rising demand for sustainable products and production methods, seaweed farming has stepped into the spotlight. 

In previous posts, we’ve outlined the advantages seaweed aquaculture provides with regards to:

Mitigating climate change and,

Boosting marine biodiversity

But one of the more noteworthy benefits we haven’t yet touched upon is its impact on local communities. 

Seaweed farming can play a major role  in improving livelihoods and increasing job opportunities for coastal communities.

Seaweeds are fast growing, easy to culture and command high market prices, all while having low production costs.

These factors make seaweed cultivation an attractive source of jobs for nearby coastal households. In fact, compared to small scale fishing, engaging in seaweed farming operations could generate higher incomes whilst relieving over-exploitation of fishery resources. 

The benefits of seaweed cultivation are enhanced when farming at scale. 

Scaling production, strengthening the value chains and researching local seaweed environments are some of the operations needed to farm at scale. All of this requires more human power.

Kelp Blue aims to cultivate seaweed at scale, all year round and is committed to ensuring coastal communities benefit from the job opportunities which will in turn improve livelihoods of hundreds of people.

But don’t just take our word for it. Read more about the benefits about seaweed farming in the Seaweed Manifesto by the UN Global Compact.