The Importance of Sustainable Ocean Farming & Its Economic Impact
Red seaweed is a naturally occurring ocean plant. As a sustainable aquaculture, it is grown and harvested in warm waters by an estimated 35,000 family farms on five continents. Most of the seaweed used by U.S. carrageenan producers is sourced from family farms in Asia (including Indonesia and the Philippines) and Tanzania in East Africa.
Seaweed farming provides the primary economic base for thousands of coastal communities and family-owned farms and plays an important role in sustaining their families and communities.
The farmed seaweed industry estimates that more than 200,000 metric tons of seaweed is harvested globally every year. Seaweed farmers are among the most economically stable and successful small business owners in emerging nations around the world. The consistency of their incomes is enabling better lives for families including the health and education of their children.