Friday, February 25, 2011

Macroalgae to grow on land

South Australian producers could one day be harvesting macroalgae in a multi-million dollar industry from land-based farms – and collecting carbon credits into the bargain.

SARDI, Flinders University and University of Adelaide scientists are collaborating with Abalone Investment Ltd, Adam & Amos Abalone Foods Pty Ltd, Coorong Aquaculture Pty Ltd, Marinova Pty Ltd, Penrice Soda Products Pty Ltd, PIRSA Fisheries & Aquaculture and Science to Manage Uncertainty to select the best species and explore farming options in a AU$2.3 million three-year project.

Funding of more than AU$1.14m has been provided by the Premier’s Science Research Fund, with additional cash and in-kind investment from the partners, and support through Marine Innovation South Australia (MISA).

The project aims to establish South Australia as the national leader in large-scale macroalgal aquaculture, scope potential new products from human food to nutraceuticals and abalone feed, and help local producers capture a slice of the annual AU$8 billion world wide industry. Read more ...

This blog is written by Martin Little The Aquaculturists, published and supported by the International Aquafeed Magazine from Perendale Publishers.
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