Seaweed Pasta Benefits Lives and Helps Save the Planet

 

Seaweed is alkalizing, detoxifying, and is loaded with nutrients. Eating more of it improves the health of our oceans and environment by absorbing carbon and reducing acidification. Blue Evolution is bringing seaweed to the surface and putting it on shelves in a consumer friendly way.    
 
 “We are trying to make it into products that are familiar to North American Consumers. So our first few items we decided on were Penne and Rotini pasta, Mac and Cheese. And we have a dried marinara sauce pack.”   
 
Beau Perry is the owner and founder of Blue Evolution-
 
“We think these pasta’s taste great! They are not fishy or sea-weedy, they definitely have a different flavor, but we think it is a positive one.  It actually deepens the flavor profile that everyone from moms and dads feeding it to their kids, to gourmet chefs are a responding very positively as well.”
 
Seaweeds nutrition profile is loaded with omegas, iodine, zinc, magnesium, and the list goes on. Perry says that it is a win-win for both humans and the planet.  
 
“The great thing about seaweed is that you can have your cake and eat it too. It’s really good for you the consumer, but it’s also really good for you the fishermen, in that you can make money growing it and it is doing good things for wild ecosystems and wild fisheries or commercial fisheries while it is in the water.”
 
Mariculture farms are on the rise. Not only are they providing jobs, there are providing healthy habitats and protecting marine life from harmful toxins.


 
“Seaweed has a pretty de-acidification function, so it is buffering shellfish from increased acidity. It also has a very low negative impact on the existing livelihoods and the wild ecosystem that I know Alaskans are so dedicated to protecting.”   
 
Blue Evolution mission is to grow the purest product, bring a new resource to coastal communities, and connect people to the ocean.
 
“On the coast, I saw a common theme. Economies suffering. So I thought mariculture was a good place for those communities to maybe build a new future and for coastal communities to adopt a new resource.”
 
Learn more about Blue Evolution and find their seaweed products at www.blueevolution.com
 
Alaska Fish Radio’s Stephanie Mangini

AK/BC outline protections for transboundary waters from large scale mines

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Transboundary waters in BC/AK get more scrutiny
January 10, 2016

MInes upstream from Southeast AK salmon rivers; KSM will be the largest open pit mine in N.America
Credit: ktoo.org

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Not in my back yard takes on a whole new meaning when it refers to huge mines upstream from local rivers. That brought Alaska and British Columbia officials together via teleconference last month to begin outlining protections for major salmon producing transboundary waters in Southeast that are less than 20 miles downstream from huge BC mining operations.

“We’re trying to create a big tent here with a very specific process of  engagement and sharing and review and critical examination of all of those things that we need to.”

Lt. Governor Byron Mallott is point person for  Alaska. Up to a dozen BC mines are already operating or in the works, some are the biggest in North America.  Most are open pit mines that leave behind massive tailings dumps that hold leftover mining wastes forever after the valuables are extracted.

The Alaska Dept. of Environmental Conservation will take the lead on water quality concerns, and BC will do the same for its province Terry Lomax, DEC manager of monitoring and assessment, says programs are already underway.

“They are collecting water and sediment contaminants of concern, like trace metals. That kind of information is going to help us in deciding how to narrow down our focus and really pick the right parameters and methods to be looking at.”

Other state agencies will work on protocols for BC’s permitting process. Lt. Governor Mallott:

“You can never say nothing will drop through the cracks. But at least we will have a process and a working relationship that is stronger and more focused and with a value construct that did not exist before.”

One large mine, the Red Chris, began operating two years ago in the Stikine River watershed. BC’s Tulsequah Chief as been closed for decades but is still leaking pollutants into the Taku.

Moving forward, Heather Hardcastle with Rivers Beyond Borders wants Alaska to push for stricter protections.

“We would like to see enforceable protections and financial assurances that we will not be negatively impacted by upstream mining in BC and I still don’t see how the state of Alaska is pushing for those.”

The state will have more information available this month, Mallott said; another meeting with British Columbia is scheduled within six months.

Thanks to the assist from APRN’s Coast Alaska.

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