Gallery: Seaweed Could Be the Key to Cleaning Up Polluted Waters


During the Gulf of Mexico oil disaster, there were numerous methods discussed on how to clean up the polluted water, ranging from microbes to underwater robots.  However, Charles Yarish, a Stamford professor of ecology and , believes that seaweed could be a key tool in purification. Yarish believes that seaweed could not only be used to clean up pollution from human sources, but also natural waste. His method, which uses seaweed as its primary material, is known as ‘extractive aquaculture’ or ‘bioextraction’, and he believes this process could transform water areas into “healthier, more productive, and more economically viable” resources.

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