SEAWEED or KELP FARMING (on ropes)
Exciting prospects for this socio-economic initative. We are working with the Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS) who are encouraging us to begin cultivating various kelp species on ropes (dabberlocks Alaria esculenta, sugar kelp Saccharina latissima) and with a seaweed product manufacturer, both of whom have been almost overwhelmingly encouraging.
Kelp can grow from seedling to 15 feet over one winter. In the process, it cleans the water by removing some of the nutrients that can lead to algae blooms. Along with shellfish, kelp is one of the few farmed foods with a positive environmental impact.
This possible initiative is in its early stages of development and we consider it worthy of further investigation.