This April (2016), a brand new seaweed farm was installed in Pembroke Dock by marine biologists from Swansea University.
This new facility is part of the EPSRC funded Macrobiocrude project (Durham University lead; Swansea University PI: Pr. Kevin J. Flynn; Swansea University Project Management: Fleuriane Fernandes). The 100 m double longline structure will sustain kelp cultivation for the following years and the cultivated biomass will be mainly used for research on ensilage processes (conservation method of organic material).
The structure installation was conducted in collaboration with the Milford Haven port Authority and with the help of the company Rudders Boatyard based in Milford Haven.
The farm structure and design will allow for the installation of different textile and netting material for the cultivation of other seaweed species, and this new facility is the first stepping stone in the development of aquaculture in the Milford Haven waterway.
You can follow the farm evolution and updates here: https://algaewales.wordpress.com/
- Friday 22 April 2016 10.23 BST
- Friday 22 April 2016 10.30 BST
- College of Science