Study makes strong commercial case for seaweed farming
Seaweed slashes methane production in study with cows
Large stretches of the Mainland west coast and Northern Isles are predominantly rocky whereas on the west coast of the Outer Hebrides and the Mainland east coast it is much more patchy with rocky shores and cliffs interspersed by large stretches of sandy and muddy coastline. Intertidal habitats are affected by numerous physical variables including wave exposure, salinity, temperature and tides which dictate what animals and plants are found on specific shores. The subtidal communities are strongly affected by factors such as the availability of light, wave action, tidal stream strength and salinity. Rocky shallow continental shelf habitats are typically dominated by seaweeds and in deeper areas below the photic zone about 50 m communities comprise exclusively animals. Shallow subtidal sediments in places support habitats such as seagrass beds and maerl, a red seaweed with a hard chalky skeleton that forms small twig-like nodules which accumulate to form loosely interlocking beds, creating the ideal habitat for a diverse community of organisms. Typically sedimentary habitats are dominated by a range of burrowing animal species.
Seaweed slashes methane production in first live study with cows
Our Impact - Case Studies. Furthermore, it promotes development of small and medium sized enterprises, strengthening stewardship of marine resources. Women make up a considerable proportion of the seaweed farming workforce in the Philippines. In fact, seaweed aquaculture represents an opportunity for women to be part of the community workforce whilst being able to look after the household, thus strengthening community cohesion. Development of seaweed aquaculture can also have environmental impacts on sensitive habitats and cause conflicts with other activities, therefore Cefas and the University of Cebu collaborated on a Newton Institutional Links project , to develop a toolkit for local stakeholders to identify suitable seaweed aquaculture production sites in Bantayan, in the Philippines.
Iodine deficiency is a perfect example. But very few people are aware iodine deficiency has been identified as a serious health problem in Europe since From iodine to iron, seaweed can play a significant role in maintaining good health, by making up for some of the missing elements in our diets. I practice yoga and have recently visited Southern India with my yoga group.