South Australia pushes for seaweed development

In Australia, South Australian Research and Development Institute (SARDI) is conducting offshore trials to determine whether seaweed can be farmed in South Australia. Funded by the Fisheries Research and Development Corporation and Cleanseas, the project will examine four varieties of seaweed through until April 2015 to allow comparison of growth over different seasons.

South Australia has been working to develop its seaweed potential for years. In 2012, Flinders University worked on improving the speed of extraction for macro-algae compounds… at the time, scientists Andrew Lorbeer said of the project: “South Australia has an amazing natural resource not found anywhere else in the world and this research has the potential to lead to the development of a brand new industry in South Australia that can create jobs for rural South Australians.”

South Australia’s aquaculture industry generates $224.8 million annually for the region.


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