1. David Benton
  2. Fisheries & Aquaculture
  3. Saturday, 08 February 2020
I have been hearing more and more about marine permaculture recently. Firstly from the movie, 2040, but also in conversation with like-minded environmentally conscious friends and acquaintances. It seems there is a bit of buzz on the Mornington Peninsula about the possibilities.

The idea fascinates me! Get a permit for a patch of ocean, grow some kelp, harvest when viable (which would be pretty often considering its rate of productivity), throw some kelp burgers on the grill! And then there are the secondary effects, in that you are not only building a marine ecosystem encouraging all kinds of species to move in (some also edible), but also encouraging carbon drawdown at a relatively high rate. As it says in the link above, win/win/win!

However, despite all the (perceived) buzz, I cannot find anything on how to obtain one of these permits. Anyone else heard anything or know where to start?

TIA
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Hey David

This is not a topic where I have any knowledge. However, I found this story + video about a marine permaculture trial in Tasmania (Australia).

I also found these links:

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/environment/2019/08/forests-of-seaweed-can-help-climate-change-without-fire/

http://www.thedrawdownagenda.com/episode-8-marine-permaculture-brian-von-herzen/

http://theconversation.com/how-farming-giant-seaweed-can-feed-fish-and-fix-the-climate-81761

https://www.climatefoundation.org/marine-permaculture.html

Seems like this is a concept that is still very early days. Interesting idea though. Might be huge one day.
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I am guessing you would require the same permitting for ocean ranching (sea pens, oyster farming). We do spirulina culture at home in a 10 gallon tank which may be an easier start ;)
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Yeah, that's a really interesting concept. Please post when you do find out how to obtain a permit. There's a massive local and overseas demand for sustainable-produced shampoos and toothpastes (no, it doesn't turn your teeth or hair green).
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We have permits for coral transplantation which is like ocean gardening. We have developed several projects with the tourism industry in the Great barrier Reef. We have also trialled a small scale research project on seaweed removal (as the seaweed has smothered coral in nearshore coral reefs) and used the seaweed as fertiliser. It could also be used as aquaculture food and human food and fuel.
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