Until now, kelp forests and other seaweeds have received almost no attention in terms of climate change mitigation policy discussions. Even other blue carbon ecosystems (seagrass meadows, tidal marshes, and mangroves) are a relatively new field. Why is seaweed carbon sequestration important?
Increased focus on seaweed sequestration highlights the potential for kelp forest “afforestation” as a novel climate change mitigation strategy. Policy interventions can encourage kelp production and the carbon sequestration it brings. Governments could directly implement kelp reforestation, kelp farms and protection programs, which have substantial benefits for marine ecosystems and can spur dive tourism. Carbon offset standards can develop kelp offset methodologies, inside or outside a government context (compliance or voluntary offset markets, respectively)
Governments, local authorities and businesses in general should be encouraged to offset their carbon footprint though sponsorship of both seaweed farming or seaweed reefs. In the same way that airline passengers can pay an airline a fee to counter their carbon footprint.
Instead of planting trees which don't have any real effect on carbon capture for the first few years of their life, the investment would be better spent on seaweed, especially the Kelps. Kelp grows considerably faster than any land based plants 30% - 60% faster. Seaweeds starts to absorb carbon from their surrounding immediately and if left in situ will continue to absorb vast amounts throughout its life, reproducing each Autumn to ensure the continual cycle.
Where kelp is allowed to fully grow and is not used commercially, kelp cultivation efforts should hypothetically be additional, and therefore a credible source of offsets. Managing natural kelp beds, which face numerous existential threats, could also be a credible offset type.Another option is for governments to promote kelp cultivation through efficient economic incentives for the private sector. Kelp has various commercial uses: as a gel (hypercolloid industry), as an energy source, in pharmaceuticals, in fertilizers, and for invertebrate aquaculture (e.g., abalone, shrimp, sea urchins). Tax breaks for kelp cultivation could provide a “discount” to match the unmonetized social good that cultivation brings through carbon sequestration. Unlike terrestrial ecosystems and coastal marine sediments, the deep sea has minimal direct land-uses, such as farms, urbanization, industry, or coastal resorts. As a result, carbon that enters the deep sea is theoretically insulated against the risks of reversals that affect other biological carbon
Here at Green Ocean Farming we offer three options for offsetting your carbon footprint.
Firstly an Eco friendly Seaweed farm owned and operated by you / or overseen by us. The seaweed is grown for the purpose of further use, whether that is for Bio Fuel, food, animal feed or other use is up to the investor. This method would also offer a financial return to the investor.
Secondly a similar set up to the first option but leaving the seaweed in to continue growing throughout the year, with the dying fronds being processed by nature and ending up in deep water sinks. This method would still need to be managed by you / us. The seaweed would spore and reproduce naturally each year creating other seaweed or Kelp forests in the area as well on the original ropes.
Thirdly our Artificial seaweed cubes can be places in the water purely for the purpose of make seaweed habitats for marine life, once the seaweed on the eco cubes starts to grow it makes a perfect nursery for other forms of sea life, some of which feed on the seaweed others just use it for protection.In each case the seaweed will absorb vast amounts of Carbon while it grows. The eco cubes are permanent and would have a natural life of 4 - 6 years.
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