Could Alaskan Seaweed Help Save the Planet? | INDIE ALASKA

Seaweed and kelp are a billion-dollar industry with the potential to help alleviate the pressures of climate change. Currently, the biggest players in the kelp industry are out of Asia, but Seagrove Kelp Co. in Craig is trying to prove the Last Frontier could be a global seaweed competitor.

Their work is part of a larger network of seaweed and kelp farmers in Alaska who are hoping this emerging industry will benefit not only our oceans but the economies of coastal Alaska, too.

To learn more about what Seagrove Kelp Co. and the Native Conservancy are doing in Alaska, visit their websites below.

Video by Hannah Lies and Valerie Kern
Story by Valerie Kern
Additional video and images provided by Dune Lankard and Seagrove Kelp Co.
Music by FirstCom Music and APM Music

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Originally from the Central Coast of California, Valerie joined Alaska Public Media in July 2017. Before moving to Alaska, Valerie worked as an ENG Editor at WRAL-TV in Raleigh, North Carolina. She also served in the U.S. Air Force as a TV/Radio Broadcast Journalist where she got the opportunity to travel around Europe, Africa, The Baltics, and Australia reporting on military events, exercises, and missions. Outside of work, she enjoys hiking, skiing, backpacking, learning piano, yoga, and trying new foods.