Kelp farming is used extensively overseas and at this stage (2018) there are no ocean based seaweed aquaculture farms in Australia. This project will investigate kelp farming operations overseas with a view to developing Australia's first kelp farm. I am the owner of Australia's first seaweed business with a wild harvesting permit. Demand for our products has significantly increased as awareness of the many uses and benefits of kelp grows (e.g. in functional food/health supplements, cosmetics, agricultural feed and fertiliser). Kelp farming will ensure a consistent supply to meet increasing demand, for the benefit of all Australians, as well as providing regional employment.
Keywords: kelp farming, restorative farming, marine permaculture, zero input, gametophytes, sporophytes, hatchery, carbon negative, carbon sequestration, blue economy
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