Moonrise Seaweed Co.
Moonrise Seaweed Co. is a family business on a mission to regeneratively farm native seaweeds. They live and work on beautiful Kaurna yarta. The organisation is 50% First Nations owned and well on their way to developing an innovative, community-scaled, culturally informed and climate-friendly ocean farm.
Current Project, June 2023 ($46,271)
Taking inspiration from the Internet's open-source movement, Moonrise Seaweed resists the aggressions of the neoliberal project by decolonising seaweed agronomy. Under First Nations guidance, the organisation will develop a knowledge bank freely shared amongst those who will reciprocally share, and excluding those who seek to monopolise.
The project's key objectives are:
- Identify key species of interest to Kaurna First Nations - both cultural and commercial.
- Undertake collaborative research with the aquaculture department at Flinders University to establish accessible, low-tech cultivation protocols for targeted species.
- Disseminate this information via open-source principles - allowing sharing amongst those that will reciprocally share, and excluding those that seek to monopolise.
Current Project, September 2022 ($30,000)
Moonrise Seaweed Co. will design and implement a pilot regenerative seaweed farm, engaging with First Nations elders and community to prioritise cultural protocols and Sea Country custodianship, and use the skills and knowledge they gain to create meaningful pathways for First Nations and other small operators into the industry.
The project’s key objectives are:
- Bring the wider coastal community on board for regenerative sea farming in metro waters, with a special focus on guidance from First Nations on how to design & execute a project that foregrounds Caring for Sea Country.
- Successfully build a demo seaweed farm on Kaurna Sea Country where we can demonstrate a financially viable, ecologically restorative method by which small operators can farm seaweed.
- Shape the future of the seaweed industry in South Australia to create clear pathways for small mission-driven operators and First Nations people.