Seaweed Solutions for Sustainable Aquaculture
Supporting the commercial production of seaweed together with salmon and shellfish to ensure economic, environmental and societal benefits
About Seaweed Solutions for Sustainable Aquaculture
This project aims to provide the understanding needed to guide both industry and decision-makers in the development of sustainable Integrated Multi-Trophic Aquaculture (IMTA) in Tasmania and south-eastern Australia.
The project will provide viable seaweed culture options for Southern Australian conditions; identifying the best species, growing techniques, products and management structures for seaweed aquaculture and IMTA.
Integrated Multi-Trophic Aquaculture (IMTA) relies on the collaboration of producers (finfish, shellfish and algae) to enhance economic, environmental and societal sustainability. This is achieved through product diversification, more holistic environmental management and a clear understanding of, and commitment to, regional societal benefits.
This research will demonstrate the potential of IMTA as a “business for tomorrow”, one that understands both the marketplace, and the community and environment upon which it relies. Key to achieving this will be the development of regionally relevant IMTA partnership models that can clarify the economic, environmental and societal benefits of bringing together salmon, shellfish and seaweed producers. However, underpinning all of this is the development of a blueprint for a viable seaweed aquaculture industry that is well regulated, socially supported and profitable.
Exciting new field site!
The project has a new seaweed research site at Tower Bay in southern Tasmania.
The new seaweed research site will enable evaluation of seaweed culture approaches at a commercial scale, and will inform models investigating the environmental benefits of seaweeds and in particular Integrated Multi-Trophic Aquaculture (IMTA), an approach which has the potential to improve aquaculture sustainability.
This is the first pilot scale IMTA project in Australia.
In the picture, seeded lines ready for deployment.
It is a bright future for seaweed farming!
While the world is undergoing a major setback, the seaweed farming wheel has not stopped. And if you have ever wondered "are seaweeds the food and fuel of the future?"
check the article by Adrienne Murray,
Technology of Business reporter, on BBC News.