Due to various forms of contamination, natural water sources often become overly nutrient-rich, which can yield a host of undesirable effects for the ecosystem. Kelp can lessen this problem by feeding off and reducing nutrient content in water bodies, but that’s just one of the many benefits from this seaweed.
Cornell Cooperative Extension researchers have harvested their first kelp crop to help address water quality issues in the Peconic Estuary. But kelp is more than a natural water filter. Once the crop is fully grown, it can also be sold as food or an additive for pharmaceutical and fertilizer products, boosting the local economy, which makes kelp a win-win.
What’s working in New York might also work in Connecticut and other states. Read more about seaweed aquaculture here.More From: Cornell University
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