Man to Farm Long Island Sound Seaweed
March 27, 2013
The Wall Street Journal: From the bobbing deck of his 24-foot boat in Long Island Sound, a quarter mile from shore, Bren Smith pulled out of the water a rope draped with ribbon-shaped blades of fresh sugar kelp.
He grabbed a few handfuls of the green, nearly translucent variety of seaweed for samples he planned to serve at lunch with a chef and organic farmer. Mr. Smith, who has cultivated shellfish such as oysters and clams for years, is now also a seaweed farmer. He said his fellow fishermen have been skeptical.
“They think I’m crazy,” he said. They ask, “‘Why would anyone eat seaweed? It’s stuff you find on the beach.'”
The Branford man hopes to become the first to market farmed seaweed from Long Island Sound.
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