Seagriculture USA

11 - 12 September 2024

Ketchikan, Alaska, USA

Innovative applications of marine technologies in kelp farming: a case study of the Blue Robotics and Ocean Rainforest partnership

Tyler Buckingham, Strategy & Engagement in the Blue Economy, Blue Robotics, USA

About speaker:

Tyler Buckingham is an award-winning podcast producer and coastal consultant with deep expertise in the ocean and coastal sectors. He is currently leading strategy and engagement in the blue economy at Blue Robotics, where he focuses on identifying business development strategies that access blue ocean markets and maximize the impact of marine technology. Tyler is dedicated to transforming the way ocean and coastal professionals and citizens relate to the water. With a rich background in media and communications, Tyler has co-founded and produced content for Coastal News Today and The American Shoreline Podcast Network, managing 16 diverse podcasts and engaging a wide audience in ocean issues. He holds a BA in Political Science from The George Washington University and has contributed to significant coastal projects and Ken Burns documentaries.


Blue Robotics is a pioneering company in the marine technology sector, dedicated to developing affordable and high-performance marine robotics for various applications. Our products, including the BlueROV2 and BlueBoat, are designed to enhance marine exploration, research, and commercial activities. With a commitment to innovation and sustainability, Blue Robotics is at the forefront of integrating advanced technologies into traditional marine industries.


In this presentation, Tyler Buckingham will discuss the groundbreaking technology partnership between Blue Robotics and Ocean Rainforest in Santa Barbara. This collaboration aims to explore and develop innovative applications of marine technologies in the kelp farming sector. Tyler will share insights gained from extensive fieldwork with the Ocean Rainforest team, highlighting key learnings and practical techniques for integrating marine technologies into kelp farming. Attendees will gain an understanding of how these technologies can enhance efficiency, sustainability, and productivity in kelp farming operations.

This presentation will shed light on the results of our first full year of operations at the offshore demonstration project, as well as indicate the next keys steps and primary objectives for our work in California. The presentation will also touch on continued trials of kelp as an animal feed product – a project executed in close collaboration with various Alaskan partners.