Guide to regenerative ocean farming

Regenerative ocean farming can take many different forms and is always adapted to local conditions. Very small-scale cultivation in a non-profit context is already taking place on several coastal locations. In the Guide to regenerative ocean farming, however, the scope is primarily small-scale commercial cultivation where the end goal is to produce crops that can be sold. In the guide, you will find inspiration, knowledge and tutorials covering topics that are relevant to a new generation of men and women who farm the ocean based on regenerative principles.


Lesson 1

Covers subjects such as:

— What does “regenerative” imply?
— Basic setup of an ocean farm
— Ecosystems, nutrients and eutrophication


Lesson 2

Covers subjects such as:

— The importance of easy access
— Obtaining social license
— Environmental factors


Lesson 3

Covers subjects such as:

— Farm design
— Gear and equipment
— Physical implementation


Lesson 4

Introduction to crops and cultivation

Covers subjects such as:

— The yearly cycle of the ocean farmer
— Cultivation of sugar kelp and other types of seaweed
— Cultivation of bivalves (mussels and oysters)


Lesson 5

Business models

Covers subjects such as:

— Harvesting and processing
— Bringing the crops to market
— Combining farming with other commercial activities


The Guide to Regenerative Ocean Farming is inspired by and based on GreenWave’s Ocean Farming Hub. Some text in the Guide was translated directly from GreenWave's Hub, while some text was adapted and/or originally crafted by Cool Blue Future to reflect our local context in Europe.

We are eternally grateful to GreenWave for compiling this work and for letting us use content from the Hub in the European Guide to Regenerative Ocean Farming. Visit GreenWave's Ocean Farming Hub for even more courses, tools, and community for regenerative ocean farmers.

License is based on the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License.