Project S3EED: Mara's Aquaculture Research
S3EED: "Seaweed as a Solution for Sustainable Economic and Environmental Development"
Ground-breaking aquaculture project to research and develop the cultivation of seaweeds for human consumption.
A three-way business-academic collaboration.
- The Scottish Association of Marine Science (SAMS), Scotland’s leading centre of research into the marine environment.
- Otter Ferry Seafish Ltd, award winning purveyor of the finest farmed halibut and established aquaculture business.
- Mara Seaweed, us, Scotland’s premium seaweed producer, aiming to bring the ancient flavours of seaweed to a modern audience.
This project is funded by Agri-Tech Catalyst, a Technology Strategy Board application, and will run from 2014-2015.
It builds on the results of the 2012-2013 project “MaraWeed” funded by Interface Food & Drink. The Interface project worked to optimise the tank cultivation of Ulva Lactuca and Palmaria Palmata through the teamwork of Mara Seaweed, Otter Ferry Seafish Ltd, SAMS and Hortimare.
Develop a seaweed farm using on-shore seawater tanks as a more commercially sustainable supply, in addition to what's currently being harvested from the wild by Mara.
The project is unique in that preliminary data indicates a doubling of bio-mass in 12 days, with minimal inputs of energy and fresh water.We hope to be able to challenge other food producers with the concept that nutritious food can be economically produced.
The long term potential
Export this model of aquaculture to the developed and undeveloped coastal communities of the world. Food security is one of the big issues we face as a global community, and it is hoped that Scotland will play a leading role in providing both a solution and an inspiration.