Kelp Farming Grows on Long Island, NY

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Suffolk Times: While leafy greens like kale have become a popular snack for healthy eaters, there could soon be a new food everyone on the North Fork is buzzing about: seaweed.

A new pilot program designed by Cornell Cooperative Extension will test growing seaweed for market production in East End waters. Cornell has explored the idea of growing seaweed, which is typically called kelp, for several years. Now, it could become a reality.

“We are very excited about this project and look forward to bringing this new industry to Long Island waters,” said Chris Pickerell, marine program director at Cornell Cooperative Extension. “This project represents the first step in developing a new commodity for New York’s legacy industry of aquaculture to expand.”

Read more about the expanding kelp aquaculture industry on Long Island.