Kelp has been a passion of Emmett’s for years. Since 2012, he has spent thousands of hours thinking about the challenges associated with growing Kelp and developing concepts to overcome those hurdles. What do we have to do in Southwest Alaska to really make growing kelp a viable industry? Kelp has the potential to be a huge industry and help to answer several problems facing our world but we need new ways, big ideas, and teamwork to pull it off.
Over the next 2 years we will be organizing a team to tackle deep sea kelp in Southwest Alaska. We see potential of developing an entirely new industry around kelp that will create 50,000 jobs in Alaska and spur the investment needed to see this to success.
The concept is deep sea kelp production in water depths of 200 to 2,000 ft, anchored miles offshore to minimize the impact on existing kelp beds and the ecosystems they create. Create permanent infrastructure, use existing technology when we can and develop what doesn’t exist. These systems will be permanently underwater which requires a new way of harvest which we have addresses. Additionally we have new ways of seeding lines which will reduce the complex and challenging nature of growing it in a lab. Our target is billions of lbs of production off the southern coast of the Aleutian Islands.
We are building a team, raising investment, and trying a few novel approaches at growing and funding kelp cultivation. We would like to work with you if you are interested in being part of this upcoming project. If we are successful, it will be a breakthrough in the industry and open up new markets globally.