Restorative ocean farmer Bren Smith discusses the future of food through creating a sustainable environment

By Coll Rowe | May 1 2020 | Science

Bren Smith, author of Eat Like a Fish: My Adventures Farming the Ocean to Fight Climate Change and Executive Director of Greenwave gives an inside view of the process of ocean farming and its potential to save the planet in two informative videos.

Bren Smith discusses his vision of making ocean farming a widespread phenomenon and his experience as a commercial fisherman that convinced him the earth needed saving. He gives an overview of the components of his ocean farm: muscle socks and oysters that help to produce ocean crops.

In “This Incredible underwater farm could be the future of food” produced by Pioneers for Our Planet Bren Smith describes his experience as a commercial fisherman that convinced him the earth needed saving and his vision of making ocean farming a widespread phenomenon.


In the second video, “Regenerative Ocean Farming” produced by NOAA Oceans Today, Smith speaks about the benefits of ocean farming and preparing ocean crops as nutritional and delicious meals. He demonstrates the steps to maintain his vertical ocean farm, which requires no fresh water, fertilizer, or feed.


Eat Like a Fish

Winner of the James Beard Foundation Book Award for Writing

A genre-defining “climate memoir,” Eat Like a Fish interweaves Smith’s own life—from sailing the high seas aboard commercial fishing trawlers to developing new forms of ocean farming to surfing the frontiers of the food movement—with actionable food policy and practical advice on ocean farming. Written with the humor and swagger of a fisherman telling a late-night tale, it is a powerful story of environmental renewal, and a must-read guide to saving our oceans, feeding the world, and—by creating new jobs up and down the coasts—putting working class Americans back to work.

“A perfect balance between personal storytelling and blueprint for a new way to harvest
our seas that can create meaningful jobs while simultaneously combatting climate change.”

“What a remarkable book! Bren Smith has a (wild) life story to recount, a novel food-growing
technique to describe, and a planet to help save. He’s a deft enough writer to pull it all off,
with a wry joy that left me (more than usually) hopeful about our future.” —Bill McKibben,
author of
Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet and Radio Free Vermont

Part memoir, part treatise on the life of a professional fisherman, part manual for the future
of eating worldwide, this unique book cannot help but make readers think long and hard about
the fate of the earth as it faces the challenges of global warming and the outlook for feeding
the planet. . . . Readers will learn more about ocean farming here than they learned about
whaling from
Moby Dick, and will walk away with a handful of practical, tasty seaweed recipes
to boot.”
—Booklist (starred review)

Eat Like a Fish is a perfect book for both environmental science and English language arts courses.

More About Bren Smith

Eat Like a Fish
My Adventures Farming the Ocean to Fight Climate Change
In the face of apocalyptic climate change, a former fisherman shares a bold and hopeful new vision for saving the planet: farming the ocean. Here Bren Smith—pioneer of regenerative ocean agriculture—introduces the world to a groundbreaking solution to the global climate crisis.
$17.95 US
Mar 27, 2020
320 Pages