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An aquaculture firm is trialling rising seaweed to cut back the environmental influence of fish farming and livestock.
- Aquaculture firms Clear Seas and CH4 are trialling rising seaweed for livestock feed on the Eyre Peninsula
- Asparagopsis seaweed can soak up carbon and nitrogen from fish farming and might scale back methane emissions from cattle
- Clear Seas’ CEO says if the trial is profitable the corporate might develop seaweed in any respect of its Eyre Peninsula websites
Clear Seas is working with one other aquaculture firm, CH4 International, to develop asparagopsis seaweed at its Arno Bay website as a part of the trial.
Asparagopsis can soak up extra carbon and nitrogen waste from fish farms and reduces cattle methane emissions when added to their feed.
Clear Seas chief govt Rob Gratton stated rising asparagopsis alongside kingfish farms might make purple meat and aquaculture extra sustainable.
“That is about the way forward for sustainable aquaculture and the way forward for feeding the world,” he stated.
“We are able to offset among the environmental footprint of kingfish farming and produce a product that helps one other trade obtain its environmental credentials.”
Asparagopsis is estimated to cut back carbon emissions from cattle by as much as 90 per cent when added to feed.
As a part of the trial Clear Seas is offering a tank to develop the seaweed in, whereas CH4 is outfitting it to develop asparagopsis.
Mr Gratton stated he was assured within the science of rising asparagopsis and that the three-year trial would focus easy methods to develop the seaweed at scale.
“The science is obvious, this species of asparagopsis grows in our waters and captures carbon and nitrogen; that is extra a technical scale-up train,” he stated.
Mr Gratton stated if profitable, asparagopsis manufacturing might develop into a mainstay of its enterprise.
“If this was profitable, I might see a future the place all our leases up and down the Spencer Gulf have some type of algae manufacturing,” he stated.