Seaweed from Welsh coast could become 'big in Japan'

[UK] Welsh seaweed could soon be on sale in Japan after farmers in Swansea found it is the same type used in the Far East to wrap sushi。

Sushi restaurants in Japan have a new source for seaweed – the coast of Wales.

The marine algae has long been a delicacy in Wales where it is known as laverbread.

Welsh seaweed farmers could now become “big in Japan” after spotting a culinary link.

They realised that laver seaweed is used in the Far East every day to wrap sushi.

Sea weed producer Ashley Jones said: “It’s the same seaweed we have in Wales and I’m confident there is a big market there.”

Ashley hopes to build a new seaweed farm on a new tidal lagoon for which has been proposed for Swansea Bay.

The £1bn project to harness energy from the Bristol Channel was given the go-ahead by the government last month.

Ashley, who runs laverbread producer Selwyn’s Penclawdd Seafoods, said: “We will grow the seaweed on nets in the lagoon and harvest them on boats and we could seriously challenge the Asian market.”

 

Photo: Fish dish: Welsh seaweed could soon be on sale in Japan

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