Rongcheng, a seaweed farming village that produces half a million tons of kelp annually

[China] Rongcheng is a seaweed farming village located at the city of Weihai, at the eastern extremity of Shandong Province, China, looking out to the Yellow Sea in all directions but the west. Due to its unique geographical location, the coastal area of Rongcheng is one of the best place to grow Kelp (Laminaria).

Local farmers are drying the harvested kelp on the sandy beach.

The coastline is nearly 500 kilometers, the sea area is about 5,000 square kilometers, and there are 10 large bays. The aquaculture waters are vast, the waters in the sea are said to be fertile and pollution-free, and the nutrients in the sea are especially suitable for the growth of seaweed.

Drone footage of kelp drying along the beach of Roncheng

With its unique advantages, Rongcheng has vigorously developed kelp farming. The farming mode has been transformed from an extensive but traditional aquaculture to the current intensive and 3D farming method. This has rapidly increase productivity in terms of scale and economical advantages. In year 2016, this city produced more than 80% of the country’s total kelp production, and has become a famous “hometown of kelp” in China.

At the present, the city is home to more than 260 kelp nursery and breeding enterprises, with a breeding area of ​​40,000 hectare, an annual output of more than 500,000 tons of kelp, and an output value of more than 2 billion yuan.

Rongcheng city is also house to 14 kelp processing factories and more than 100 kelp food production companies, with an annual economical output value of 2.69 billion yuan. This forms a complete cycle of commercial kelp production ranging from kelp seedling, breeding, food and functional food processing, and chemical manufacturing industry, etc.

The kelp farming industry in Rongcheng formed a China Algae Industry Association (CAIA) in 1989, and has a long-term cooperation with the Institute of Oceanology of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, the Yellow Sea Fisheries Research Institute of the Chinese Academy of Fishery Sciences, China Ocean University and other research institutes, with the objective to ensure the sustainable development of the seaweed industry.

 

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