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The Kelp Forests of New England

New England isn’t known for its kelp forests the way California and other parts of the world are. But the truth is, below the surface of both inshore and offshore waters throughout New England, especially in areas that have rocky bottoms and a lot of wave action, there are “lush rolling meadows of kelp,” according…

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Greens from the Ocean

What do warming oceans mean for Massachusetts’s nascent kelp farming industry? Seaweed farming is a huge global business valued at $6 billion, yet in the U.S. it is still getting its sea legs. Around New England there are perhaps 40 – 50 farmers of all sizes and experience levels working small ocean plots of a…

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