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Preliminary Research and Documentation

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The following research and documentation is meant to get this project started. Please consider this a work in progress. Significant work is needed to move this project forward.


Algae as a Food Source

Algae is considered one of the most nutritious sources of food on the planet. Algae and seaweed form the base of the aquatic food chain. It is the primary source of nutrition and food to marine organisms like crabs, crustaceans, sea urchins, snails and some types of fish. These primary aquatic life form are then consumed by fish, small sharks, corals, and baleen whales. These secondary consumers in the food chain are a food source for larger fish and aquatic lifeforms like sharks, toothed whales, dolphins, and seals among others. 

Humans consume aquatic life from every section of this food chain.

The following are the most commonly cultivated, harvested and consumed by humans owing to their high nutrition and ease of cultivation - either on land or in sea.



Spirulina is an algae that grows in both fresh and salt water. Often referred to as blue-green algae, It is a family of algae that are photosynthetic in nature.

More information on health benefits, cultivating and harvesting Spirulina is available here.


Bladder Wrack

Bladder Wrack is a family of seaweed found in sea water. These are yellowish-brown and can grow up to 3 feet in length. This family of algae has flattened, branching leaf-like fronds. These are covered with spherical air sacs,  that appear in pairs on either side of the midrib.

More information on health benefits and harvesting Bladder Wrack is available here.



Dulse is an reddish brown algae that grows in sea water. It is mostly found on the rocky shores of Northwest Pacific ocean, North Atlantic and Arctic oceans, and middle to south European shores.

More information on health benefits and harvesting Bladder Wrack is available here.

Irish Moss
Sea Grapes
Sea Lettuce



Cultivating Algae


Harvesting Algae


Storing Algae


Algae Recipes







Figure 3 - Coral reef installation




Marine Restoration - Coral Reefs



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