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Spinning Gold from Seaweed

A man stands next to a bin of dried kelp.

Maki stands next to a bin of dried kelp.

Join Arctic Deeply as it learns about the kelp business in Sisimiut, Greenland.

Meet Maki Ulrik Lybert as he works to revive this traditional food source.

Maki had been a schoolteacher for more than 20 years when he envisioned a new business centered on seaweed. In Western Greenland, it’s common to have various jobs throughout the course of one’s life, Maki explained to me. There’s a lot of change in the environment and the economy, so it’s good to be a generalist. In 2015, Maki gave up teaching to become an entrepreneur.

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