Growing kelp to rewild the Hastings coastline!

by Hastings Kelp Project in Hastings, England, United Kingdom

Growing kelp to rewild the Hastings coastline!

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To grow kelp in a laboratory to then plant in the sea near Hastings in the hope that it establishes and forms into a forest for wildlife.

by Hastings Kelp Project in Hastings, England, United Kingdom

Help us, help the planet, animals, oceans and the future!

Hastings Kelp Project website

WHAT?

Our nonprofit organization is dedicated to reintroducing kelp seaweed along the coastline stretching from Rock a Nore in Hastings to Pett Level beach. 

WHY?

Kelp forests serve as vital habitats, offering sustenance, nursery spaces, and refuge to a diverse range of mammals, fish, invertebrates, and birds. They provide essential protection against predators and storms, ensuring the survival and thriving of numerous species within their ecosystem. The growth of kelp here can bring more wildlife to the shoreline. 

Kelp has the remarkable capacity to absorb up to 20 times more carbon dioxide per acre than terrestrial forests, thereby playing a significant role in mitigating the impacts of climate change. Moreover, it surpasses all other marine plants combined in carbon sequestration, further contributing to the regulation of atmospheric carbon levels.

HOW?

 To start, we'll cultivate kelp with precision in a controlled environment laboratory located conveniently in a nearby industrial estate warehouse. Every aspect of its management will be carefully overseen to ensure optimal growth conditions. Once the kelp is well-established, we'll transfer it to the coastal area, integrating it into the natural environment with the hope that it will thrive, reproduce, and contribute to the development of a robust, sustainable underwater forest. Our initial plan spans 10 years, with ongoing research and studies.

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