Kelp? Like, seaweed? Yes!
Sena Sea is proud to bring you kelp products from our friends at Barnacle Foods, located in Juneau Alaska. We are excited about kelp because it provides many ecological benefits, including absorbing excess carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, which helps to combat ocean acidification.
Plentiful in Alaska’s pristine and icy waters, bull kelp or Nereocystis luetkeana, is one of the most common seaweeds along the vast coastline. The abundance of kelp in Alaska makes it an excellent source for food. It is salty, savory, and packed with vitamins and minerals; a delicious and nutritious ingredient.
Kelp is essential to the ocean ecosystem. The Barnacle team is careful and deliberate about how they harvest wild kelp. They strive to have the least impact on the resource; this includes visiting a different kelp bed for each harvest and only taking a small portion of the kelp bed.
ALASKAN FARMED KELP
Today, the majority of their kelp is wild harvested by the Barnacle team and they work closely with the ocean farmers who are just beginning to cultivate kelp. As they grow, Barnacle is building a framework so that harvesters and kelp farmers can expand, too. At Sena Sea, we are doing our part by helping to create a consumer market for kelp.
Benefits of Kelp:
- requires no fertilizers, pesticides, freshwater or arable land
- full of healthy vitamins and minerals
- nutritious food source that does not rely on other marine life for food
- one of the most sustainable seafoods
- absorbs carbon, helping to combat ocean acidification
One of the biggest obstacles in the growing movement for more kelp farms, is the lack of consumer markets. In other words, we can grow more kelp, but we don't have a lot of customers for it yet. Here at Sena Sea, we are happy to play our small part to introduce people to the great benefits of kelp!
Discover more about Matt and Lia's mission to "keep the ecosystems we rely on as healthy as we found them, and ensure that these resources continue to flourish for future generations" at barnaclefoods.com.
Eat Wild to Save Wild!