Bren Smith, owner of Thimble Island Oyster Co and Executive Director of GreenWave, pioneered the development of restorative 3D ocean farming. A lifelong commercial fisherman, Bren’s farming model is designed to restore ocean ecosystems, mitigate climate change, and create blue-green jobs for fishermen, while ensuring healthy, local food for communities.

After dropping out of school at the age of 14, Smith worked a wide array of jobs in the commercial fisheries, ranging from longlining for McDonald’s on the Bering Sea and “sliming” in the canneries of Bristol Bay, Alaska to lobstering in Lynn, Massachusetts and aquaculture farming in Newfoundland, Canada. After years of exploration and experimentation with new restorative forms of ocean farming, he transformed himself in the nation’s first 3D ocean farmer.