Brown Seaweed NEVER LOOKED SO GREEN...
KelpCrofting would like to establish a kelp farm in the Skye and Lochalsh area to grow kelp for various markets. If managed sustainably, farming kelp in Scotland's seas will bring many environmental and economic benefits, including;
- Generating income: Seaweed farming has the potential to generate a range of new jobs and income streams for coastal communities, both in the form of seasonal work to assist with deployment and harvesting of kelp, or full-time management of sites, hatcheries and sourcing market opportunities.
- Slowing climate change: Kelp absorbs dissolved carbon dioxide (CO2) from the water as it grows and stores the carbon in its tissue, and this process can help mitigate climate change.
- Provision of new habitat: Seaweed farms provide seasonal habitats for fish and small invertebrates, which could in turn attract predators such mammals and birds, thereby enhancing local biodiversity.
- Water remediation: Seaweed cleans the water as it grows by absorbing excess nutrients that have entered the sea from other developments (e.g. from fish farming or agricultural runoff).
- Fuelling environmental economies: Recent innovations have found that seaweed can be used to produce biodegradable packaging (see Oceanium), and that including it in animal feed can reduce methane (a Greehouse Gas) from cattle. Seaweed, when incorporated in human food and nutritional supplements also has endless health benefits.
Large scale kelp farming may result in greater environmental impacts, which are currently poorly understood. At KelpCrofting we aim to keep the footprint of our farm relatively small, and are doing what we can to reduce risks to the marine environment and to create benefits wherever possible.
REDEFINING the way we use our seas...
Crofting is a form of land-tenure and small-scale food production that has taken place in Scotland's Highlands and Islands for hundreds of years, but is also a social structure that was traditionally defined by its common working communities or "townships". Crofters are often resourceful, innovative and hardy, doing what they can with what they have, or enlisting the help of a friendly neighbour. At KelpCrofting we believe that seaweed farming should follow this ethos, using locally available resources and sharing knowledge wherever possible. KelpCrofting also believe that in the long-term, a network of small-medium scale kelp farms dotted around the coast of Scotland is likely to have lower environmental impact and provide greater employment opportunities for coastal communities than a few very large 'industrial' farms. Lets help this new blue-green economy develop "the crofting way".