France’s only salmon farmer aims to trial seaweed crops

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Seaweed may soon be grown in Normandy with Saumon de France. 

A project to grow seaweed at a salmon farm in Cherbourg, Northern France, is being mulled over by French authorities, according to Francebleu.

Saumon de France want to work with the University of Caen to produce two varieties ofseaweed (one local and one non-invasive species).

They want to put a 30m-wide floating cage at the site that’ll have algea grown on ropes, 10m apart from each other. One of the aims is to see if seaweed can feed off the waste produced by salmon. “We could replace chemical and artificial components with natural elements,” said Saumon of France founder, Pascal Goumain.

The seaweed project could benefit the agri-food and cosmetics industries if successful, said Goumain. “It represents huge markets. It is good for health, the environment and it can lead to an economic sector,” he added.

Currently the Cherbourg company is only allowed to produce fish, not seaweed. It must therefore obtain the approval of Normandy’s department of maritime affairs.