Ships designed specifically to harvest over 400 local species are being developed and deployed in Norway.
We fish, so articles about weird things like harvestng seaweed in Norway might not seem appropriate for the content, but this site shows you things we think might be interesting to you because they're interesting to us. There are a variety of (edible?) seaweeds we see around our local waters, and they change in different seasons we think. We would actually love input on that. We do know that at certain times of the year we have something we call Gorilla Snot and at other times of the year the water is grassy with long stringy stuff. Offshore we see more sheets.
But we know absolutely nothing about seaweed, although clearly we could learn a lot more.
This story comes from Ship Technology, which again is sure not a sport fishing site. Again, the story is pretty cool and the subject one that's gonna have an effect on us whether we know it or not. Seaweed and chemicals derived from seaweed are already in use all around us, as you will see from this article.
Cultivating this humble algae on an industrial scale is now big business. Global seaweed production more than doubled between 2000 and 2014 to around 28 million tons annually, worth an estimated $6bn.
In Norway, which is home to 400 species, demand has begun to outstrip capacity, where much of the sowing and harvesting from cultivation farms is still carried out manually. This is unsustainable; commercial production turnover is already $140m − and is predicted to increase to $4.8bn by 2050.
The whole story can be found here on Ship Technology.