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Sustainable Seaweed Farming As An Agricultural Model

Research projects like the Coral Triangle Initiative are working to safeguard water zones.

Studies like these are international efforts to protect coral reef areas.

The intention is to defend not only the reef ecosystems, but also the local fisheries and individuals that live in these regions. They also further examine associations between whether or not indigenous opportunities, like seaweed farming, are viable commodities for local people.

One objective of researchers in a mission called Hugging the Coast, which was in the same vein as the Coral Triangle Initiative, was looking at available connections between these commercial areas and to seek sustainable, climate aware agricultural opportunities. By looking at aquaculture over a long term basis, not only do ecological approaches enhance environmental properties but they also foster the livelihood of many generations in the water communities.

Seaweed is mainly popular in health food and international food industries. If you have ever had Nori, chances are it was from an international seaweed farm.

Sustainable Seaweed Farming As An Agricultural Model

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Undeveloped places that are in coastal regions can suffer from overpopulation and overfishing, which can cause draining of resources, pollution and an off balance coastal ecosystem.

In trying to examine how to expedite coastal resource management, the tropical Eucheumoid seaweed aquaculture business was created by FMC-Marine Colloids in collaboration with the University of Hawaii and the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources in the Philippines in 1960 (Marinalg International). Eucheumoid seaweed farming and other forms of aquaculture that employs natural filter feeders are ideal models to offer sustainable, ethical practices beneficial to waterways and people, according to Marinalg International.

The positives of environmentally operated seaweed farms includes improving fish populations and other inhabitants as water life is enhanced by its diet of rich nutrients from agricultural overflow. Additionally, developing maintainable employment that is centered around a healthy, clean waterway is a welcome provision.

With a reported surge in production in the seaweed industry from 5,000 tons in 1970 to currently over 200,000 tons of dried seaweed alone, though this is a dramatic increase there is a cutoff to the seaweed demand. Thus it is important to apply sustainable models to all aspects of a coastal community.

All industries could take a look at better practices and how to incorporate them for the benefit of their product, but more importantly for the enrichment of the place it originated from as well as the caretakers that cultivated it.

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