Noble Ocean Farms, LLC.

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425-772-5428

nobleoceanfarms@gmail.com

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About Noble Ocean Farms, LLC.

At Noble Ocean Farms, LLC., our mission is to strengthen local food security in remote, coastal Alaskan communities by providing healthy, nutrient-rich kelp products. Accessing adequate nutrition in remote, coastal communities (off the road system) has become increasingly difficult in recent years due to reductions in marine ferry service and transportation challenges caused by the pandemic. There is an urgent need to strengthen food security in coastal Alaskan communities by providing locally-cultivated, nutritious produce.

Currently, 90% of seaweed products consumed in the U.S. are imported from Asia. This is a potent moment for mariculture in Alaska. Our food security solution is to cultivate ribbon and sugar kelp on our 22 acre family kelp farm and create healthy kelp products to be sold primarily in Cordova and the surrounding communities. Seaweeds are one of the most outstanding superfoods on the planet in terms of vitamins, minerals, protein and fiber they provide. When used in fertilizers, kelp is also extremely effective at increasing productivity of terrestrial crop production, bringing more than 70 vitamins and minerals to plants.

Noble Ocean Farms is co-owned and operated by its founders, Sean Den Adel and Skye Steritz. Sean has extensive experience in: seafood processing, fishing, and scientific research (focused on salmonids and Pacific herring). Skye is skilled at scuba diving, working in aquaculture labs, teaching scientific programs, leading outreach to diverse populations, and managing grants. She excels at careful, detail-oriented data reporting. Noble Ocean Farms is permitted and insured to grow sugar and ribbon kelp on 22 acres in Simpson Bay, Prince William Sound. Farming operations will begin in fall of 2021.

Species Offered

Sugar kelp (Saccharina latisima), ribbon kelp (Alaria marginata)

The value statements outlined below aim to create a higher level of accountability and trust, both internally within the network and externally to the public, in order to advance the movement of Community Supported Fisheries (CSF) and like-minded community-based seafood operations.

  • Community-Based Fisheries
  • Fair Access
  • Fair Price
  • Eating with the Ecosystem
  • Traceable and Simple Supply Chains
  • Catch and Handle with Honor
  • Community and Ecosystem Based Fisheries Management
  • Honoring the Ocean
  • Creativity and Collaboration

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Sean grew up on the Salish Sea and developed a love for all sea life – especially salmon. Skye’s first memories are of snorkeling and later scuba diving with her family and she has always been enchanted by the underwater world. These experiences led us to value small-scale, regenerative ocean economies.

We are also volunteers and community organizers, actively involved in environmental protection, education, and deeply invested in improving the well-being for all life forms in our region. We believe in social justice and that is why we are committed to making healthy, nutritious kelp products that are accessible to all people.

Both of us are passionate about protecting marine life and and maintaining clean waters for all. It is our hope that growing kelp will increase fish populations, mitigate ocean acidification, and strengthen food security in remote coastal Alaskan communities.