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At a California oyster hatchery, farming native seaweed improved water quality

(left) Catherine O'Hare, Avery Resor, and Tessa Emmer of Salt Point Seaweed Company head out on a boat to check their test crop. (right) Seaweed bundles attached to a long fishing line line at Hog Island Oyster Farm. Photos by Shaun Wolfe (left) and Gary Fleenor (right).

Climate/National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Native seaweed has the potential to be cultivated in California coastal waters and used to alleviate the effects of local ocean acidification, according to a new study funded by NOAA’s California Sea Grant. Besides providing a local and sustainable source of food, researchers and aquaculture producers are exploring how seaweed production may benefit its surrounding environment.