Regenerative Aquaculture is Coming to the American Shoreline: Introducing the Channel Islands Kelp & Mussel Company

July 31, 2022

An exciting time for US regenerative aquaculture!

On this episode, Peter Ravella (joining the recording from Hilo, HI) speaks with Tyler Buckingham and Drew Westphal about the Channel Islands Kelp & Mussel Company, a brand new regenerative aquaculture business they are starting in Ventura, CA. They discuss the current status of aquaculture in the US and NOAA's Aquaculture Opportunity Area (AOA) process, the challenges facing new entrants to the aquaculture space, and how the Channel Islands Kelp & Mussel Company is approaching them.

It's a great show, only on ASPN!

Show Transcription
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Peter Ravella & Tyler Buckingham

Peter and Tyler joined forces in 2015 and from the first meeting began discussing a project that would become Coastal News Today and the American Shoreline Podcast Network. At the time, Peter and Tyler were coastal consultants for Pete’s firm, PAR Consulting, LLC. In that role, they worked with coastal communities in Texas, Florida, and North Carolina, engaged in grant writing, coastal project development, shoreline erosion and land use planning, permitting, and financial planning for communities undertaking big beach restoration projects. Between and among their consulting tasks, they kept talking and kept building the idea of CNT & ASPN. In almost every arena they worked, public engagement played a central role. They spent thousands of hours talking with coastal stakeholders, like business owners, hotel operators, condo managers, watermen, property owners, enviros, surfers, and fishermen. They dived deep into the value, meaning, and responsibility for the American shoreline, segment-by-segment. Common threads emerged, themes were revealed, differences uncovered. There was a big conversation going on along the American shoreline! But, no place to have it. That's where CNT and ASPN were born.