Mara Wins Scottish Aquaculture's Innovation Award

Mara Seaweed has been awarded the prestigious Innovation Award from The Crown Estate’s Scottish Marine Aquaculture Awards.

The ceremony & dinner was hosted by Jo Caulfield at Prestonfield House in Edinburgh on Thursday 11th June; the keynote address was given by Dr Aileen McLeod MSP, Minister for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform. The awards celebrate the achievements and success of an industry that is vitally important to Scotland and its rural communities.

“It was a wonderful surprise to receive this Innovation Award from amongst such tough competition. This is a true affirmation that we are on the right track, although we have a lot more work to do!” Fiona Houston, CEO of Mara Seaweed said.

The Innovation Award recognises Mara Seaweed as an innovative seaweed producer committed to sustainable harvesting and production practices as well as creative product development with their shake-on seaweed flakes.

Fiona Houston explained, “We are pioneering developments in the seaweed industry, so that we can ensure a regular quality supply of sustainably harvested seaweed, dried at source and processed to Mara’s standards. We are the only producers of seaweed seasonings in the UK and we are incredibly fortunate to have, right on our doorstep, an ideal habitat for seaweed, the beautiful pure waters of the Scottish coastline.”

Gareth Baird, Scottish Commissioner of The Crown Estate said of the award winners, “The scope of the enterprise and imagination on display is truly uplifting and heralds a Scottish success story we are very pleased to highlight.”

There is a large and developing market for premium seaweed-based products, which can be met by developing cultivation techniques in the North Atlantic. Scotland, with its vast experience of aquaculture and unique and extensive coastline is, it is argued, well positioned to help meet this worldwide demand. To address these challenges Mara are building a series of seaweed cultivation – ‘farming’ – facilities alongside its license from Crown Estate to wild harvest seasonal seaweeds around the Scottish coastline.

 

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