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The Mariculture project is developed as an initiative to generate alternative sources of income for fishing.

Sea farming project releases first algae-based products

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Thursday, March 14, 2019, 21:10 (GMT + 9)

Together with the National University of Colombia and National Parks, the Mariculture project led by the Corporation for Sustainable Development on the Island of Providencia settled the Inter-administrative Agreement 010 of 2017, which among its activities meets the development of farming products such as whelk, algae and its sub products.

In this project phase, thanks to the support and advice from specialized personnel, two by-products were introduced: moisturizing cream and after sunbathing gel, made with carrageenan, a substance that makes up the cellular structure of a certain type of algae, in this case, Hypnea musciformis. This phycocoloid, with thickening and gelling properties, is being extracted from some of the red algae farmed and harvested in marine farms located northeast of Santa Catalina. 

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Both products are designed for the care of moderately dry and battered skin. They include compounds such as panthenol, vitamin E, Aloe vera extract, allantoin and coconut oil, and aim to offer softness and a restorative sensation.

On the other hand, the resumption of the elaboration of one of the byproducts of the first phase of the project was achieved: soap with alga extract; made with agar obtained from Gracilaria algae or, as they are traditionally known, seaweed.

It should be noted that carrageenan was also tested and the results were very similar, which allows to expand production possibilities, as necessary. They are characterized by being made with coconut oil and aromas of the islands, also, of course, from the farmed algae.

The Mariculture project is developed as an initiative to generate sources of income alternative to fishing, as a way to support the families that depend on these activities.

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