Re-thinking seaweed management for people and planet
Ecosystem at risk
Naturally, sargassum can be a breeding ground for wildlife. But when it overgrows, it sucks the oxygen out of the water and creates vast dead zones.
Climate change has been causing unprecedented blooms. In what’s called the Great Atlantic Sargassum Belt, masses of sargassum stretch some 5,000 miles (8,000km) – and are only expected to grow.
Threat on land
When they land, sargassum blooms can cause have a devastating impact on local communities - clogging beaches, hampering tourism and producing hydrogen sulfide, a highly irritant gas.
Why do we need seaweed management?
A community-led approach promotes a circular economy, fostering job growth, triggering new industries, and boosting ocean tourism.
Scalable solutions allow local farmers and companies to commercialize seaweed production, developing sustainable products to be exported to a global market.
We can only bring balance to the oceans and benefits to coastal communities by taking a holistic approach to seaweed management.
Sustainable seaweed management mitigates environmental damages and protects marine life, restoring balance to coastal ecosystems.