Kelp the Earth

Healthy for You, Healthy for the Environment
Imagine a crop that requires no fresh water or arable land to grow. Imagine a local crop with a trusted pedigree traceable to the cold clean waters off the coast of Maine. And one that is cultivated using sustainable mariculture practices?


Your diners can only judge your commitment to health and sustainability through the ingredients you chose. At Ocean Approved, our name is our philosophy.


Farming kelp is healthy for the environment. Like terrestrial plants, kelp relies on photosynthesis to generate energy. Kelp absorbs nitrogen, phosphorus, and carbon dioxide, which are three nutrients we have too much of in our coastal waters.


Having seen the changes to the ocean in our lifetime, and having been part of failed fisheries when we were younger, we are committed to leaving a better legacy for our children. When we are on the water, we only employ practices of which the ocean would approve.


Healthy for the Working Waterfront
Ocean Approved leverages a resilient working waterfront culture off the coast of Maine. By introducing a new crop to the fishing community, we’re committed to supporting that culture by providing high quality jobs in Maine.

Chebeagus Island Farm, ready for harvest.

Tollef Olson, Ocean Approved founder.

Paul Fischer, Casco Bay Lobsterman and Ocean Approved harvester.

The next generation, Kelping the Earth, Washington D.C. 2013.

Kim Fischer, at the helm of the Kimberly J. on Casco Bay.




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