Guidelines for environmentally responsible seaweed cultivation have just been published. These guidelines have been developed to help UK seaweed businesses understand the potential environmental impacts of both seaweed aquaculture and wild seaweed harvesting, and to help them incorporate this knowledge into their projects before commencing development. These guidelines have been co-produced by Marine Conservation Society (MCS) and Sustainable Inshore Fisheries Trust (SIFT). They are intended to outline our joint position on environmental best practice for both the development of the seaweed cultivation industry and the wild harvesting of seaweed. The guidelines highlight the most salient environmental issues and signposts other resources that may be informative. It is not a standard, so it does not offer accreditation or certification. MCS and SIFT understand that an industry-led comprehensive code of practice will be developed at a later date by the Scottish Seaweed Industry Association (SSIA), and we hope that these guidelines will inform that code.
The Guidelines can be viewed here Guidelines for environmentally responsible seaweed cultivation, June 2023