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This Company Wants To Make Sustainable Seaweed Mainstream

By Desirée Kaplan

While the West Coast produces a lot of food in the United States, there’s one ingredient that’s been largely overlooked: seaweed. One Northern Californian company is hoping to make it a bigger part of the American diet. 

Salt Point Seaweed was founded by three friends: Tessa Emmer, Catherine O'Hare, and Avery Resor. Their inspiration to gather and sell Californian seaweed sparked once they realized there was an abundance of fresh, local seaweed that was being overlooked. 

In 2017, the women launched their company and named it after a nearby California coastal area. The move made sense considering the friends have backgrounds in conservation and sustainable agriculture.

The trio harvests all their seaweed on the California coast in northern Mendocino County. To make sure the process is as sustainable as possible, the seaweed is gathered by hand during the low tide in the summer.