In this episode of Upwell, we chat with Zoë Croft, the director of sales at Atlantic Sea Farms, whose team is helping fishermen in Maine grow seaweed to diversify their incomes as climate change and warming waters present challenges to the state’s lobster industry.
Zoë shares how the gulf of Maine is warming faster than 99% of all other bodies of water on the planet, how her team at Atlantic Sea Farms is working with 27 partner farmers to grow nearly one million pounds of kelp, and how growing that seaweed has a positive impact on the surrounding marine ecosystem.
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Additional resources for this episode
An oped from Atlantic Sea Farms CEO Briana Warner on how Maine leads the United States in seaweed farming
Washington Post article on Atlantic Sea Farms operations
CBS Mornings video highlighting the benefits of seaweed
Washington Post article on Atlantic Sea Farms’ partnership with Sweetgreen
Washington Post article on the potential impact of rising temperatures on Maine’s lobstermen
CNN article on the cancelation of Alaska’s snow crab harvest due to climate change
Christian Science Monitor cover story on Atlantic Sea Farm