The ocean farmer who says the sea can save the planet

[UK] Bren Smith used to be a fisherman. Now he grows kelp and clams in a 20-acre plot of sea, and says people like him could one day save the world.

If you can’t swim and you’re allergic to oysters and clams, it seems reasonable to imagine that you would pursue a landlocked career involving neither. Bren Smith is proof that isn’t necessarily so. Smith is a poacher-turned-gamekeeper, a former commercial fisherman who became a restorative ocean farmer and believes he might have the answer to niggling questions such as feeding the world and saving the planet. As long as he doesn’t fall in, in which case we’re doomed.

 

Photo: Bren Smith, poacher-turned-gamekeeper of the sea
BILL WADMAN

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