GreenWave commits to training 27 new ocean farmers and supporting five new 3D Ocean Farms in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York, Rhode Island and California. This farming model utilizes the full ocean column, from sea floor to surface, to grow a variety of plant and animal species without requiring any water, fertilizer, or pesticide inputs. It creates vibrant ecosystems that increase biodiversity and produce high yields. The infrastructure is simple: seaweed, scallops and mussels grow on floating ropes, stacked above oyster and clam cages below. From these crops, food, fertilizers, animal feeds, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, biofuels and much more can be produced.
Each farm will grow restorative species (native species that create value in their ecosystems) such as seaweeds and shellfish. Each acre will filter millions of gallons of ocean water every day (a single oyster can filter up to 50 gallons), create habitats for over a hundred wild marine and bird species, and absorb excess nitrogen and carbon that threaten ocean ecosystems with dead zones and acidification.
In order to launch these new 3D Ocean Farms, GreenWave will conduct the following activities:
- Provide a total of 27 new full-time and seasonal ocean farmers with support from the permitting process and seeding to harvesting and sales through hands-on curriculum.
- Provide ongoing learning opportunities on its floating classroom which is its flagship ocean farm staffed with experienced mentors offering one-on-one mentorship and workshops.
- Provide access to reliable and low-cost seaweed and shellfish seed through its cooperatives hatchery.
- Disperse micro-grants directly to farmers to increase their farms capacity.
- Provide online tools and guides to teach the more technical aspects of the process and to provide opportunities for open-source collaboration.
- Leverage its network of buyers to ensure that all farmers will sell their product at a fair price.
2015 Q3: Build Hatchery
2015 Q4: Farmers develop and submit permit applications.
2016 Q1: Farmers learn how to plant seaweeds and shellfish on floating classroom
2016 Q1: Learn Farm Maintenance and Fish 2.0 Courses
2016 Q2: Start Building Farms
2016 Q3: Farm Maintenance and Shellfish Seeding
2016 Q4: Seaweed Seeding
2017 Q1: Begin Harvesting
2017 Q2: Brand and Market Development Support
2017 Q3: Evaluate & Iterate
The worlds oceans are in trouble. Overfishing has wiped out 90% of large fish; climate change is driving ocean species from lobsters to whales northward into uncharted habitats; and nitrogen pollution from land-based farms are triggering ever-expanding dead zones that suffocate important fisheries in coastal areas globally. Scientists are sounding the alarm on the triple threat of climate change, ocean acidification, and overfishing that have triggered the largest marine extinction in 300 million years.
These environmental threats have direct consequences for global economies and food security. Over three billion people in the world rely on marine and coastal biodiversity for their livelihoods. With collapsing fisheries, coastal communities in the U.S. and elsewhere have fallen on hard times. Some of the most depressed coastal communities in the United States were once thriving fishing and manufacturing communities. In recent years, notable communities in the New England states of the U.S. have seen fishing boats beached and fish factories closed down.
GreenWave is a non-profit that exists to restore local ocean ecosystems, mitigate climate change, and create jobs for coastal communities. It accomplishes this by transforming fishers into restorative ocean farmers that use practices that support marine ecosystems.
Restorative ocean farming enables fishers to transition from being the last ocean hunters to becoming the first farmers and stewards of their local waters.
GreenWave is looking to raise an additional $150,000 this year to reach its fundraising goal and provide the highest level of support to new farmers.
GreenWave can offer specialty food goods support, chef partnerships, media support, best practice information, and farmer apprenticeships for 2016.