Energy powers the Kelp Forest
making it more productive than a farm
Kelp grows profusely, producing 6 times its own mass in a year, with the help of the sun and wind. Stormy waves uproot and erode kelp tips, circulating life-giving nutrients which benefit sea creatures.
" Upwelling - Wind blows surface water offshore. Deep water wells up to replace it, bringing nitrogen-rich fertilizer, which fuels kelp growth.
" Kelp can even turn water into sugar! Kelp fronds contain a green pigment, chlorophyll, which uses light energy from the sun to convert water and carbon dioxide into sugars and oxygen (photosynthesis). The sugar is combined with nitrogen and mineral salts (fertilizers) to produce body building proteins.