Seaweed, can’t get enough!!
First harvest for Seaweed Solutions CRC-P in Tassie.
There have been lots of media recently highlighting the amazing potential for Seaweed aquaculture. Lloyd’s register foundation has identified seaweeds as a major new source of protein and key to global food security (https://www.lrfoundation.org.uk/en/impact-stories/safe-seaweed-to-feed-the-planet/) while the Seaweed manifesto outlined how seaweed can contribute to delivering on the sustainable development goals (http://www.seaweedmanifesto.com/ ) and defines a vision for the industry globally.
Line of M. pyrifera during the harvesting
In Australia the Seaweed Industry Blueprint released earlier this week (https://www.agrifutures.com.au/product/australian-seaweed-industry-blueprint-a-blueprint-for-growth/) shows the potential very clearly with an R&D Plan to grow a $100M plus industry by 2025, creating thousands of jobs in regional towns and providing an opportunity to reduce Australia’s national greenhouse gas emissions significantly.
The amazing potential of the Australian industry was one step closer yesterday when the Seaweed Solutions CRC-P brought in its first harvest. Whilst relatively modest in scale, this harvest is both exciting and significant - it shows that we can take Australian seaweed aquaculture from a concept into a real commercial operation. The whole team would like to thank everyone involved from Tassal Pty Ltd, Spring Bay Seafoods, University of Tasmania and Deakin University – a great team effort.
Harvested M. pyrifera