Global production and trade
- 42 countries in the world involved in commercial seaweed activity.
- Top 10 countries contribute 95% of the world’s commercial seaweed volume (2 million tonnes).
- Seaweed industry annual production value of US$ 6 billion
- China, Japan, Korea, Philippines and Indonesia produce the bulk, valued at US$250 million, mainly for phycocolloid production.
- Denmark, France, Norway and the U.S. dominate the manufacturing industry.
- Natural stocks of seaweeds are limited – farming is therefore a major source of seaweed resources.
Local Production – Sri Lanka
42 countries in the world involved in commercial seaweed activity North Province is the only the area in Sri lanka that is commercially producing seaweed. Seaweed cultivated in 4 places on large scale: Mannar, Kilinochchi, Nainathivu and Karenagar. Main cultivated species: Kappaphycus alvarezii and Eucheuma spinosum – mainly for export purpose. Positive impacts on poverty alleviation among coastal populations.
- Sheltered waters
- Wave height of 1-2 feet
- Salinity ranging between 30 -35 parts per million (2.5 to 4.5)
- Good water quality
- Sandy seabed with corals
- Conventional long-line (Mono Line)
- Bamboo and PVC Rafts
- Basket method (Bag and Tube types)
- 221 seaweed species utilized commercially.
- 145 for food; 110 for phycocolloid production (e.g. carrageenan, alginates)
- Uses: Food, medicine, cosmetic products, pharmaceuticals, fertilizers and animal feed.
- Unavailability of good quality ‘seedlings’
- Pollution in production areas
- Occurrence of ‘ice-ice’ and epiphytes
- Shortage of raw materials
- Lack of capital to venture into the industry
- Poor crop management
- Lack of fund for R&D programs.
- Availability of seaweed areas in Sri Lanka
- Established culture techniques for seaweed farming
- Low operation cost
- Government support and policies
- Huge economic potential
- Capacity and capability building in research and development.
- Application of modern biotechnology in high quality seedling production.
- Explore new seaweed cultivation methods, expand seaweed varieties for production, and discover more ways to utilize seaweed and its products.
- Development of human resource at technical and nontechnical levels has to be further enhanced
through providing seaweed training, special forum and seminars on business opportunities.
Seaweed Seedlings Banks
We have a Seaweed Seedlings in Kalpitiya, Puttlam district. And we decide to open a number of seaweed seedlings banks in Mannar, Kilinochchi, Jafna, Nilaweli, Kayankerni, Okanda and Tangalle. We are cultivate Kappapicus Alverezi and Euchenma Spinosum (Commercial Name is Cottoni). We make and brought up various seedlings at there. We are supplying seedlings to our commercial cultivation sites.
Our key goals is revolve around maintaining ocean sustainability and developing the welfare and livelihood of the seaweed farmers.
Our seaweed cultivations enhance the sea environs and the marine life.
We cultivate Seaweed using sustainable eco- friendly cultivating techniques with an efficient team of seaweed farmers employed across its areas of cultivation in many provinces in Sri Lanka.
We introduce various cultural festivals, cultural events and information from Japan.
National Aquaculture Development Authority (NAQDA) was established in 1999 under the provisions made available by the National Aquaculture Development Authority Act (No. 53 of 1998). It is the main state sponsored organization mandated for the task of development of the aquaculture and inland fisheries sector in Sri Lanka. Presently, it is coming under the purview of the Ministry of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources.
The National Aquatic Resources Research and Development Agency (NARA) is the principal National Institute charged with the responsibility of carrying out and coordinating research, development and management activities on the subject of Aquatic Resources in Sri Lanka. It is managed by a Board of Governors consisting partly of members appointed by the Hon. Minister of Fisheries and Ocean Resources and also of certain Ex-officio members.
The fisheries industry is a key sector in Sri Lanka which is capable of making a greater contribution towards the GDP of the country. The sector fulfills the requirements of nutritional intake of the people while constituting livelihood of about 2 million population. The Department of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources is the main institute that holds the responsibility for development and management of fisheries sector during different period of time through various methodologies.
Department of fisheries is mainly focusing on promoting the environmental fishing methods. Accordingly it is expected to provide technical support for the fishermen to upgrade their boats and gears enabling them to transfer to more sustainable methods of harvesting.
We carry out this seaweed project as National project because we sign a agreement with Gramashakthi program in Presidential Secretariat. Gramashakthi is one of a community support program in Srl Lanka Government.
We introduce latest technology for seaweed cultivation from Japan and Korea.
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The company utilises sustainable eco- friendly seaweed cultivating techniques and it has an efficient team of seaweed farmers employed across its areas of cultivation