KelpCrofting operate off the Isle of Skye, growing seaweed in the pristine waters of the West Highlands, Scotland. Our kelp is cultivated on ropes held below the surface, and the water is so clear that the kelp can flourish down to depths of 12m. The strong tides and currents in the area also ensure a constant supply of nutrients (essential for good growth). The water where we farm our kelp is classified as 'High Status' according to the Water Framework Directive, which is the best rating a water body can receive, and means it has negligible pollution and is in excellent ecological health.
We are currently growing kelp within an existing aquaculture site off Skye, which has been used to cultivate shellfish for many years and has an algal licence in place. We have also been granted a marine licence for a new kelp farm in the waters of South Pabay, which will be installed in 2021. These sites combined provide us with around 20 hectares of marine area to grow kelp.
South Pabay Seaweed Farm:
Details of the SouthPabay kelp farm are shown in the map below, and the full licence can be viewed here. This site is not yet operational, and the plan is to start installing the kelp farm infrastructure in the summer of 2021, prior to which we will notify marine users – including fisherman’s organisations, neighbouring port authorities and other local stakeholders – to ensure that they are made fully aware of the kelp farming activities.
(Left) Site boundary area for South Pabay seaweed farm, indicated by the blue rectangle.
Coordinates for the four boundary corners are:
57° 15.975' N 05° 51.245' W
57° 16.147' N 05° 50.835' W
57° 16.039' N 05° 50.687' W
57° 15.867' N 05° 51.097' W
During June 2020 KelpCrofting carried out a Pre-Application Consultation (PAC) to seek the views of the local community and wider interests on the proposed kelp farm at south Pabay. This consultation was carried out before applying for a marine licence, and feedback helped inform and support our application. We view engagement with the community as a continual and vital process, so please contact us on email@example.com if you want to learn more about kelp farming, what we do, who we are and how to get involved.
The public briefing document used as part of the consultation can be downloaded HERE (V.2)
A Q&A Document was produced as part of the consultation, addressing all the questions raised in the public meeting on 3 July 2020. It can be downloaded HERE.