Supporter

Bren Smith

Executive Director and Co-founder, GreenWave

GreenWave is a non-profit organization dedicated to training a new generation of restorative ocean farmers and building the foundation for a new blue-green ocean economy that creates jobs, mitigates climate change and grows healthy food for local communities. Our polyculture vertical farming system, which we call 3D Ocean Farming, grows a mix of seaweeds and shellfish that require zero inputs – making it the most sustainable form of food production on the planet – and simultaneously sequesters carbon and rebuilds marine ecosystems.

 

Since our farms sit below the surface and leverage the entire water column, they produce high yields with a small footprint. We create communal, not privatized, spaces by welcoming residents to boat or fish on our farms. Our crops are used as food, fertilizer, animal feed and more. And our farming model also has a low barrier to entry: anyone with 10 acres, a boat and $20,000 can be up and running within one year.

 

Ocean planning plays a major role in the success of new farms. We support farmers in identifying optimal farm sites, taking both physical conditions and human use into consideration.


Photography provided by Liana Coviello/GreenWave (Background)

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Why We Need Ocean Planning

The ocean and coasts are active places, and we’re putting more demands on them every day. Think about it: traditional uses such as fishing, boating, shipping, recreation, and tourism are all changing and expanding, and at the same time we’re pioneering new industries alongside them like wind energy and sand mining. Ocean planning is about thinking ahead and planning for how to make it all work. Otherwise, we put the ocean’s vast, yet fragile, resources at risk. Voluntary ocean planning allows us to coordinate all these uses in a way that benefits our economy, our communities, and ocean health. Ocean planning is a science-based and data-driven process that provides a tool for people and government to work together, share information and solve problems in a way that works for everyone. Ocean planning helps to identify and resolve potential conflicts early on, helping decision makers and stakeholders in both the private and public sectors do their jobs better. This creates better outcomes for everyone, supporting a healthy ocean and vibrant economy

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