Aird Fada Seaweed Farm

Seaweed farming is a growing global industry and seaweed is in high demand for a multitude of uses from culinary, to horticultural, agricultural and bio-plastics to cosmetics and clothing.

In the UK the seaweed farm industry is still relatively young and we are very proud that our 6 hectare seaweed farm at Aird Fada is the largest in the whole of the UK and the only community-owned seaweed farm.

We have been lucky enough to be supported in this venture by collaboration with Delfinity Ltd, Argyll Aquaculture Resource Consultants, SAMS (the Scottish Association of Marine Science), HIE (Highlands and Islands Enterprise), Argyll and Bute Council and Inverlussa Marine Services on Mull in exploring the practicalities and viability of a community seaweed farm, and are very excited by its potential!

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What we’re working on…

READY FOR AUTUMN 2021

READY FOR AUTUMN 2021

Thanks to a grant from the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund we have installed infrastructure on a 6 hectare site at Aird Fada in Loch Scridain ready for operations to begin in Autumn 2021.

SEEDING PLANS FOR 2021 & 2022

SEEDING PLANS FOR 2021 & 2022

We will begin with seeding 2ha of the site by October 2021 with profits made from the first year of production to enable adding seeded lines to increasing production in 2022.

WET AND DRY SEAWEED

WET AND DRY SEAWEED

Seaweed can be sold as a wet or dry material and we are making plans to develop shore side drying facilities at Bendoran to give us the flexibility to produce both in response to market preferences.

JOBS & TRAINING

JOBS & TRAINING

A full-time asset manager job will be created in 2021 and the farm will also generate contract work for local fishermen. In the future, we expect to increase our workforce and offer training opportunities.

CREATING BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES

CREATING BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES

In the future we also hope to add value to the raw seaweed, either by developing our own valued added products or by selling a proportion of seaweed locally to create business opportunities.

Volunteer with us

If you’d like to get involved with the Seaweed Farm or any of the other SWMID Projects then find out more about Volunteering below.

Volunteering

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