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Cumbrian Seafoods Support Seaweed Report

One of the country’s respected authorities on seaweed has thanked Cumbrian Seafoods for its help in preparing a report.

Rodi Wout, Durham University Industrial Bridging Fellowship Fellow, contacted us as part of a study into the benefits, to coastal communities and to the environment, of seaweed farming.

The aim of the report is to assist companies involved in Enterprise Agency activity or NGO investments to seek new commercial opportunities for regeneration or development in coastal areas.

Cumbrian Seafoods has long been committed to sustainable fishing and environmental responsibility and our technical team was able to discuss with Mr Wout the opportunities the cultivation of seaweed could bring to a variety of industries from fuel production to cosmetics.

He said: “Seaweed can be cultivated in tanks on shore and on rope arrays and, while it is an area of new and virtually unknown expertise in the UK, millions of tons are produced each year in the Far East.

The applications and potential advantages gained are many and include

• Biomass and fishery and natural stock recovery

• Creation of fish quota and total allowable stock

• Remediation of contaminated coastal water

• New local food product origination

“Products which can be derived from or benefit from the cultivated seaweed include valuable alginates, polymers, food supplements, cosmetics, animal feed and fertiliser.

“Start up costs can be low and the activity has the potential to create multiple skilled and unskilled employment opportunities.”

Algae and macroalgae (seaweed) are held to be the building blocks of marine life, properly done and in the right location they could achieve a similar status for mankind.

Mr Wout’s report has been widely circulated to MPs and leading Government and private sector agencies.

Cumbrian Seafoods Support Seaweed Report