Meet Megan Reilly Cayten of OCEANS 2050
Can you tell us a bit more about Oceans 2050?
"Oceans 2050 is a new initiative, founded by Alexandra Cousteau and Professor Carlos Duarte, with the goal of restoring abundance to the oceans by 2050. We aim to catalyze activities at scale that are restorative to the oceans and the climate. In 2020 we launched the Seaweed Carbon Farming project, a global effort to quantify the carbon sequestration in sediment by macroalgae and create a new voluntary carbon market for seaweed farming."
What is the importance of seaweeds for Oceans 2050?
"Seaweed farms and kelp forests provide an extensive array of ecosystem services to the oceans and to people, including carbon removal, biodiversity and fisheries enhancement, oxygenation, pollution remediation, and localized reductions of temperature and acidification. Seaweed farming is an accessible livelihood and food security opportunity for diverse coastal populations on a global scale, and biomass use can displace more climate- and chemical-intensive alternatives in the food, feed, fertilizer and fuels sectors. We chose the Seaweed Carbon Farming project to be our first initiative because of seaweed farming's significant potential to be restorative to the oceans and to the climate, at scale."
At Seagriculture 2021 you will be talking about Seaweed ecosystem services. What will be your take home message?
"Seaweed farming is currently the only climate mitigation solution available for the oceans, provides a host of additional ecosystem services and livelihood opportunities, is scalable, not land-competitive, and is accessible to anyone with a coastline. We need innovation in product development and farming efficiency, investment and regulation to support a rapid scaleup of the sector."