SIFT recently commissioned a report on Facilitating development of the seaweed cultivation sector in Scotland. The report assesses the role of cooperatives and alternative models for collaboration in meeting key commercial challenges in the sector. In particular, it considers how cooperatives specifically designed to assist small scale seaweed farmers to pool stock, share processing facilities, and collaborate in marketing seaweed products would help to ensure that ownership and control of the seaweed industry remains in the communities close to where seaweed farming occurs.
The report- available to read in full here Seaweed Cultivation – SIFT, concluded that the Scottish Government should support the development of a sustainable Scottish seaweed farming industry.
The report received coverage in The Press & Journal, The Herald and in The National (Support ‘necessary’ for establishing seaweed industry, says new report | The National) and Dr Kyla Orr, the report’s author, was interviewed on BBC Good Morning Scotland . You can listen here Good Morning Scotland – 21/03/2022 – BBC Sounds (from 2.49.25 hours).