Seaweed Cultivation

Can Seaweed be a Viable Industry in Shetland?

The NAFC Marine Centre’s ‘Shetland Seaweed Growers’ project investigated the feasibility of growing and harvesting seaweed on a commercial scale in Shetland and was funded by the Coastal Communities Fund.

The project gave plenty of opportunities for collaboration with other organisations and for local businesses to get involved. Thanks must go to the project partners and industry associates who worked with the Shetland Seafood Growers to make the project such a success.

During the project, potential uses for seaweed were explored. Carrying out the project gave us practical experience of the techniques and equipment required for the development of seaweed cultivation in Shetland.

Some of our seaweed harvest was also contributed to the MacroBioCrude project (funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council) for trials into making seaweed biofuel.

A number of scientific papers, manuals, workshop notes and other documentation were created during the project to assist industry to use the projects findings. These can be found in the Resources & Publications section.

Pictures taken during the project can be seen in the Photo Gallery, and a video can be viewed below.

 

Farming seaweed with the Shetland Seaweed Growers: