Visit  cricatalyst.com!Nexus — Leaders in Greenhouse Systems Integration Check out more of The Buzz

Chile encouraging small-scale brown algae farming

May 7, 2013, by Analia Murias
 www.fis.com
AlgaeIndustryMagazine.com

brown algae, or kelp

brown algae, or kelp

Aprogram intended to develop small-scale aquaculture of brown algae, or kelp, using hanging rope cultivation, is being launched in Chile’s Coquimbo region by the Fund for the Promotion of Scientific and Technological Development (Fondef) via the Catholic University of the North (UCN).

Dubbed “Towards a World Aquaculture” (HUAM) the program is intended to increase the profitability of these areas and improve organized artisanal fishermen’s quality of life. It is additionally intended to have a significant impact on the sustainability of the abalone industry, reducing the bottleneck restricting the growth of the industry and generating a sustainable food supply.

The 30-month project, beginning in June 2013, is led by Julio Vasquez Castro, a professor at the Department of Marine Biology, Faculty of Marine Sciences, and reflects the important challenges of Chile’s aquaculture. Castro says that the activity analysis “reveals that the Chilean aquaculture model is dominated by the maximization of the economic returns from investments, mostly from foreign capital, favoring highly productive farming systems, but with limited environmental sustainability.”

He says that, on the other hand, “Chile has a long coastal area with diverse and productive ecosystems, and a wide variety of native species with aquaculture potential to offer a unique opportunity to diversify aquaculture.”

Currently, 780 management areas along the coast of mainland Chile have 120,000 hectares under management with co-management plans for the exploitation of benthic invertebrates and commercially important kelp, according to the UCN. In the framework of the Fisheries and Aquaculture Act, the use of 20 per cent of the total area of the management area for the cultivation of endemic species is allowed, said Castro.

The UCN will also implement hanging rope for giant kelp (Macrocystis pyrifera) cultivation, using standard production techniques of sporophytes and hanging culture, and an innovative methodology for capturing spores and sporophytes from the natural environment.

This project is expected to make it possible for artisanal fishermen to manage the full cycle of the resource cultivation, significantly reducing production costs.

More Buzz…

HOME Algae Industry Jobs

Copyright ©2010-2013 AlgaeIndustryMagazine.com. All rights reserved. Permission required to reprint this article in its entirety. Must include copyright statement and live hyperlinks. Contact editorial@algaeindustrymagazine.com. A.I.M. accepts unsolicited manuscripts for consideration, and takes no responsibility for the validity of claims made in submitted editorial.

From The A.I.M. Archives

— Refresh Page for More Choices
In Phys.Org, Yu Yonehara notes the breakthrough research from the Tokyo Institute of Technology on the connection between early marine algae and the development of terres...
A University of New South Wales (UNSW)-led team of researchers has discovered how algae that survive in very low levels of light are able to switch on and off a weird qua...
The Guardian reports that Prince Edward Island (P.E.I.), Canada-based Solarvest has created an inventive system utilizing a specific algal strain to grow and produce EPA ...
Gilbert, AZ-based Heliae has announced a partnership with Sincere Corporation, a Japanese waste management and recycling company, to form a joint venture and develop a co...
Starting in the early 70s, agencies in the former USSR invested more than 20,000 person-years of research and development to produce Bio-Algae Concentrates (BAC) that hel...
A recent discovery in the multicellular green alga, Volvox carteri,has revealed the origin of male and female sexes, showing how they evolved from a more primitive mating...
Matthew Carr was recently named executive director of the Algae Biomass Organization (ABO), the leading trade association for the algae industry. His presence will soon b...
Channelnewsasia.com reports on three young Spaniards who harvest seaweed, a culinary delicacy, as a way for them to stay out of Spain’s troubled financial waters. 35-year...
Phys.Org reports that scientists Jolanda Verspagen and Jef Huisman of the University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands have concluded that rising CO2 concentrations in the at...
Chase Ezell writes in Earth911.com about the irony of Algenol’s biggest friction source on the way to marketing their carbon reducing algal-based ethanol being — the EPA ...
Researchers at the Paul Scherer Institute (PSI) in Wädenswil, Switzerland, have succeeded in producing energy-rich gas from microalgae, and in doing so have demonstrated ...
SCHOTT AG, of Mitterteich, Germany, and Algatechnologies Ltd. (Algatech), based at Israel’s Kibbutz Ketura, have signed an R&D agreement to strengthen their partnersh...
Biplab Das reports in NatureAsia.com that a research team has found aqueous extracts of the marine brown algae Lobophoro variegate that can inhibit the replication of hum...
U.S. farmers and biofuels makers are watching for the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) final decision on the 2014 Renewable Fuel Standard rules, which will set t...
James “Jamie” Levine took over the reigns at Sapphire Energy in July of this year as former President and CEO Cynthia “CJ” Warner stepped down, retaining her role as chai...
Algix, parent company of Solaplast, will be inaugurating their algae-to-plastic facility in Meridian, Mississippi, on November 14, 2014. Solaplast's facility will be focu...
MicroBio Engineering, Inc., of San Luis Obispo, California, has introduced a full suite of open pond microalgae growth systems designed for quick deployment of research- ...
William Tucker writes in fullfreedom.org about the lure the oceans have for advocates of biofuel, particularly in Scandinavia. “Two-thirds of the globe is covered with wa...