Bren Smith

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Bren Smith

2014 Climate Fellow
Founder of GreenWave with Brendan Coffey

Bren Smith 2014 Climate Fellow

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Restore ecosystems, mitigate climate change and build a blue-green economy by supporting a new generation of ocean farmers and innovators.


GreenWave supports a new generation of ocean farmers and innovators working to restore ecosystems, mitigate climate change and build a blue-green economy. We accomplish this through the empowerment of a global community that develops solutions for local, regional and national needs. GreenWave provides education, floating classroom job training and tools to support citizen-science research and collaboration. We envision a planet that one day supports restorative species and practices in all of our coastal waters. Where millions of oceans farmers contribute food, energy, fertilizer, animal feed and much more to their local economies while securing a healthy planet for future generations.


Bren Smith, co-founder of GreenWave, has pioneered the development of sustainable 3D ocean farming. A lifelong commercial fisherman since dropping out of school at the age of 14, Bren's work has been profiled by The New Yorker, Bon Appetit, Fast Company, and the Wall Street Journal and his writing has appeared in National Geographic and The Atlantic. In 2013 he was chosen as one of six Ocean Heroes finalists by Oceana and a SOCAP global Ocean Entrepreneur.

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