It seems there is a general rule in all phases of ecology: the more vegetation found in any habitat, including sea grasses, mangrove swamps, mudflats, and the rocky shore, the more animals will be found. The rule is simple: just as animals in the terrestrial environment depend upon the jungles and forests for food and shelter, marine animals depend upon the sea grasses and algae for cover and forage. Siltation from dredging, industrial pollution, sewage or herbicides pouring into the ocean can denude a rocky shore of algae. So can a population explosion of hungry urchins ravenously chewing away all vegetation.
–Jack Rudloe, The Erotic Ocean
We grow seaweeds for a new generation of restoration in the Salish Sea and intend to fund our efforts with the clean, sustainable economic opportunities these plants provide.
The applications of marine plants are myriad: biofuels, agricultural feeds, cosmetics, medicinals, fertilizers, plastic substitutes, fabrics, edibles and things we haven’t even thought of yet.
Our goal is to cultivate seaweeds to serve these applications with an ultimate goal of using them to restore or create healthy marine habitats and contribute to the removal of excess nutrients and pollutants entering the Salish Sea..
Suquamish Tribe chief Leonard Forsman is quoted in an Associated Press news story as saying: “In order for us to reverse the tide of damage that’s been going on in Puget Sound, we’re going to need everybody… And that includes not only the government agencies and the state agencies and the nonprofits, but we also need all the people who live here and are moving here.