July 2022 Gardening for Good
Gardens Under Water
We’re talking today about a different kind of gardening – it’s underwater, in Long Island Sound. My guest is Anoushka Concepcion, the Associate Extension Educator in Marine Aquaculture at
Connecticut Sea Grant and UConn’s Department of Extension. Anoushka is an expert on seaweed aquaculture: how to grow, safely harvest and market this emerging product. She consults with industry members, participates in (and has lead) collaborative research projects nationwide, and she does public outreach to explain the benefits, and challenges to this growing industry. She has developed a food safety guide for Connecticut seaweed, and was the principal investigator of the “Seaweed Hub” a national, science-based, non-advocate resource for the domestic seaweed and seaweed aquaculture industry.
Gardening for Good is about sustainable alternatives to gardening and landscaping practices that harm the environment, and that includes our marine resources and the nationally significant Long Island Sound estuary. Seaweeds are incredibly efficient at sucking up carbon dioxide and using it to grow (helping to combat ocean acidification), and they consume nitrogen and phosphorus, so seaweed farms can help lower excess nutrient levels in our coastal waters.
Sounds like a win-win, but we’ll let Anoushka tell the whole story.