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Why your kelp-based products could be bad news for biodiversity

The over-farming of kelp could lead to negative impacts on the environment. Image: Oceana/Eduardo Sorensen

Michelle Carrere

Journalist, Mongabay

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image of macroalgae in Chile
Chile is the main producer of macroalgae. Image: Sernapesca
image showing part of a kelp forest
Kelp forests provide a habitat for a wide range of marine species. Image: Sernapesca
image of cages designed to keep fish out of the kelp
These cages are designed to protect the kelp from being eaten. Image: Alejandro Pérez Matus
image of Bilagay (Cheilodactylus variegatus) and castañeta (Beryx decadactylus) fish swimming in a brown algae forest off Pisagua
Bilagay (Cheilodactylus variegatus) and castañeta (Beryx decadactylus) fish swim in a brown algae forest off Pisagua. Image: Eduardo Sorensen/Oceana
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A kelp forest takes about four years to recover after being harvested. Image: Juan Mayorga
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