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Community Connection: Tollef Olson

Friends of Casco Bay’s Board members are key partners in protecting Casco Bay.
Here’s how, in their own words:

Tollef Olson: “Sea farming has all the benefits with none of the detriments.”

After stints as a treasure hunter, urchin diver, restauranteur, and sea captain, Tollef launched Bangs Island Mussels in Casco Bay in 1997. His newest venture is raising kelp. Tollef says that responsible aquaculture is good for the ocean. “Shellfish and seaweeds are ecologically beneficial. They recycle the fertilizers that come down the hill from lawns and golf courses. Seaweed takes up the nitrogen, phosphorus, and carbon dioxide, release spores that feed phytoplankton and shellfish, and supply food for humans.”

You can see how other community members are partnering with us to protect the Bay on our Community Connection page.