A small striped fish swims through seaweed.
Aquaculture as Habitat A fish hangs out in Mariko Wallen and Louis Godfrey's seaweed farm in Placencia, Belize. This farm grows two species: Eucheuma (for consumption) and Gracilaria (used for skin treatments and cosmetics). The farm is part of a program sponsored by TNC to bring seaweed aquaculture to the area in cooperation with the Placencia Fishermen Cooperative. © Randy Olson

Climate change and biodiversity loss are the most pressing environmental challenges of our time. These challenges are interdependent: healthy ecosystems need a stable climate, and climate mitigation depends on the preservation of carbon-sequestering  ecosystems. 

At the same time, the planet has never been under so much pressure the meet the demands of a growing population. Though our food systems are a major driver of greenhouse gas emissions, habitat degradation, and resource use, the way we produce food doesn’t have to threaten nature. By adopting regenerative practices, the world’s aquaculture farmers can restore nature while providing food and clean water.