EU’s Aquaculture Advisory Council has published its first general recommendation on seaweed farming and its high potential in Europe January 20, 2021
The EU’s Aquaculture Advisory Council (AAC) has published its first general recommendation on seaweed farming and its high potential in Europe. How and why seaweed aquaculture should be promoted in Europe is the main subject of the new recommendation published in January 2021.
“Increased seaweed cultivation in EU waters gives substantial potential for a new source of biomass for food, feed and industrial uses. In addition, the production process provides relevant ecosystem services, such as nutrient and carbon sinks and habitats for marine microlife and fish reproduction. Clever distribution of areas for farming with buoys, ropes and chains can also protect Natura 2000 areas and sensitive shorelines from unwanted vessel traffic. Natura 2000 areas can also benefit from neighbouring seaweed production because it ensures the presence of professional employees to keep an eye on things and report possible infringements. Birds also benefit from buoys and increased fish reproduction, and local commercial and recreational fishermen and benefit from increased wild fish populations.”