Shaping a Vision for Environmentally-friendly Seaweed (SAVES)

Marine Conservation Society

Common Puffins on Skomer Island © Kevin Morgans

The ocean covers over 70% of our planet. It is the source of more than half the oxygen we breathe and absorbs nearly a third of our carbon emissions, yet today it’s in poor health due to human activity. Marine Conservation Society are determined to change this, working with communities, businesses and governments.

For more than 30 years, we’ve been the voice of the sea, defending our coastal habitats and species. For a cleaner ocean, we work to prevent and clean up marine litter and pollution, using science to track the health of our waters. For a better-protected ocean, we secure spaces where species and habitats can recover; only a sea full of life can absorb carbon and tackle climate change. For a healthier ocean, we promote sustainable fishing to minimise harm caused by harvesting resources, and empower the public to make better seafood-buying choices.

Ariel view of a salmon farm © Dawn Purchase

Our work to date has resulted in cleaner beaches across the UK; a vast body of evidence on marine litter that informs regulation and conservation plans; bans on single-use plastic items; legislation to better manage fisheries and marine protected areas; and a transformed awareness among consumers and businesses of the need to choose sustainable seafood, as a result of our Good Fish Guide.

We are grateful for the support of Levine Family Foundation towards our new project, Shaping a Vision for Environmentally-friendly Seaweed (SAVES). SAVES will kickstart a seaweed aquaculture innovation and development plan for the UK, led by our highly-experienced aquaculture team and supported by our policy and advocacy team. The plan seeks to realise and communicate the benefits of responsible seaweed aquaculture for communities, climate and food security, with a strong focus on influencing sustainable innovation on a long-term basis. We will scope the landscape of seaweed innovation, identifying opportunities and barriers to development. This will help us to identify regulatory needs, a code of practice and market opportunities.

Kelp, Orkney, Scotland© Alison Moore

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