AKUA’s co-founder Courtney Boyd Myers first learned about regenerative ocean-farming through the Connecticut based non-profit Green Wave. She had long been hip to the health benefits of eating seaweeds and when she learned about the environmental and economic benefits too, she was hooked on getting more people to eat this virtuous sea vegetable.
Ocean-farmed kelp is a “zero-input food” source that requires no fresh water, dry land, fertilizer, or feed to grow and harvest. Whereas sustainable agriculture seeks to maintain (sustain) the systems it impacts, regenerative agriculture practices such as ocean farming produce positive system impacts by restoring and healing systems (in this case, our oceans!)
As a result of AKUA's ocean farms, farmers have measured increased oxygen levels, decreased carbon and nitrogen levels, species of marine life returning to the areas that haven’t been seen in decades, and even the shellfish are reporting thicker, healthier shells.