Summer 2023

This summer Kelp Kulture is organizing a group of talks centered on Aquaculture/Mariculture of seaweeds. Our group of distinguished speakers come form various backgrounds not limited to: kelp farming, laboratory experimentation, open ocean farming, bi-valve/multi species mariculture and more! We hope to see you there!

A Site for Sori:

Utilizing Novel Aquaculture Techniques to test Bull Kelp (Nereocystis Luetkeana) Restoration techniques in a Northern California Sea Urchin Barren

May 23rd, 1-2 pm (PST)

Andrew Kim Lead Aquaculture Research Technician, Moss Landing Marine Labs

Given dramatic declines in bull kelp forests in northern California, restoration techniques such as “green gravel” or spore enhancement have been identified as potential solutions, however, the efficacy of these techniques remain largely untested. Novel laboratory techniques were developed and paired with a field study that was conducted between Summer 2021 and Fall 2022 to test a variety of restoration techniques at a site in Albion Cove in Mendocino County, CA. This talk will provide some context and discuss some of the challenges, failures and successes of our restoration work on the north coast.

Al Little Farther West

A Case for Restorative Ocean Farming in California

June 13th, 1-2 pm (PST)

Leslie Booher is the co-founder of Sunken Seaweed, a macroalgae farm based in San Diego and Humboldt, California.

A born and raised Californian, Leslie has been involved with ocean conservation for most of her life. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in 2015 from Cal Poly Humboldt, where she focused on marine ecology. Today she is proudly farming various seaweeds with her husband, Torre, mentoring budding aquaculturists, and enjoying motherhood with her 10 month old baby. 

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