An investment of EUR 300,000 will be required for launching the plant. (Photo: Porto Muinos/Stock File/FIS)
Pilot plant for farming seaweed out of the sea installed
Thursday, December 01, 2011, 16:30 (GMT + 9)
In two months, the company Algafrés SL, owned by the group Porto Muíños, will launch a pilot plant to grow seaweed in tanks located on the ground and containing clean sea water.
According to the promoters of the initiative, which will be held in the port of Sada, in A Coruña, this production mode will be advantageous with respect to the collection of wild seaweeds on the coast.
Seaweed will be grown in controlled conditions and will be destined to food industry.
The company explains that it will be possible to almost completely control water quality and the resulting seaweed will be free from impurities -- without sand, snails or invasive species. Moreover, the collectors’ work will be much more pleasant because they will not have to work among the rocks.
For Antonio Muíños, head of the firm, this pilot project is the "previous step" for a future sale of seaweed grown on the ground, the newspaper La Voz de Galicia reported.
Although the tests conducted so far have yielded good results, it "does not mean that the experience will work in an industrial project on a larger scale and be profitable," continued the entrepreneur.
According to Manuela Buján, a biologist in charge of research and development in the company, EUR 300,000 will be invested in launching the plant, which will have 20 tanks, a laboratory and a small store.
A research team of the Department of Botany of Universidad da Coruña and of the Santander Oceanographic Institution will collaborate.
The Mayor of Sada, Ernesto Anido, welcomed the plan Algafrés has that consists in installing a production plant in the town, which had originally been planned in Miño.
By Analia Murias