Iron Fertilization
Updated: 12/10/2020
Iron Fertilization

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  • “This is great! Nothing tastes better than fresh fish cooked just right, It’s too bad we don’t always get this lucky catching fish.”
  • “What makes you think that, Dad?”
  • “Eventually we will! In fact, the fish will be so plentiful we’ll be able to feed the world’s hungry,” “I plan to capitalize on the effect produced by seeding the oceans with iron.”
  • "Scientists found that by slowly introducing iron into the ocean water they could encourage algae growth. Repeated iron infusions over time boosted the phytoplankton photosynthesis. The algae grow in number and use more carbon dioxide.”
  • “Well, Becky, I figure that if the primary producers of the ocean increased in numbers, then the tiny critters like copepods will get more to eat. That means little fish will also get more to eat, in turn feeding the big fish.”
  • “But what does this have to do with fishing?”
  • “I’ve established a company called MOFI, for Maximizing Ocean Farming Inc. My company has made a deal with the Marshall Islands for commercial rights to the 800,000 square miles of ocean around the archipelago. We’ll not only fix global warming, we will get rich as well!”
  • “What’s your plan, Luis?”
  • “We plan to put a mixture of iron, phosphorus, and key trace elements into floating time-release mini capsules that will keep the mixtures afloat longer and seed the ocean more slowly. We will mimic the enrichment provided by upwellings in the ocean off Peru and have the same kind of rich fishing. By continuous seeding of just 100,000 square miles of ocean, we can probably cut down by one-quarter to one-third the carbon dioxide emissions from the United States!"
  • “How will you do that?”
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