In the clean coastal waters of Western Sweden, not far from Gothenburg, tens of kilometres of ropes are hanging suspended just under the water surface. This is a seaweed plantation — a new farming site worked by Gaëtan Zackrisson and his team.
It's the seeding season, and today they are here to plant more ropes with tiny algae seedlings. Sea lettuce, or Ulva, is an experimental crop, not typically grown on farms at sea.
These came from the lab this morning — we're going to put it down in the sea to grow here, but it's already eatable. It's pretty nice. It's very small, but it will become about 20, 30, 50 centimetres long — so it becomes a crunchy salad
explains Gaëtan Zackrisson, Process and cultivation developer, Nordic Seafarm.
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- Publication date
- 26 October 2022
- Directorate-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries