Today the seaweed industry is in decline, and so are the women farmers who built it. As sea temperatures rise every year, the shallow water is becoming too warm for good quality seaweed to grow. Instead, the seaweed gets infected with a disease that makes it harden and eventually rot. 

Scientists have suggested a potential solution, to move the farms to deeper waters, since good quality seaweed thrives in cooler temperatures. 

Yet, this comes with another problem. Most of the women farmers cannot swim or operate a boat, and so, the practice, which for the past two decades has been led and championed by women, is once again becoming more reliant on men. 

This project was commissioned by Lightroom

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