Kelp seaweed growing on lines

Own a Seaweed FARM


The 2020 offer is now CLOSED!

Please email us if you are interested in farming seaweed in 2021. We have limited spaces at two locations so don't leave it until the last minute.

Seaweed is the future, it has many uses from a sustainable human food to bio fuel, animal feed and health to edible food packaging, eco friendly fertilizer and much more.

Owning or part owning a seaweed farm is an exciting and financially rewarding business, not only will it give you a healthy return and income but you will be an active part of the new seaweed culture; changing the perception of seaweeds, providing healthy alternatives and sustainable foods for both humans and animals.

Growing seaweed offers an excellent income, the seaweed grows during the winter months and only requires minimum tending, it doesn't need water or fertiliser and once the lines are in the water, they only need to be checked occasionally. .

By farming seaweeds, you will not only be helping mankind change it's perception of this sustainable healthy food but you will also be helping the Oceans and marine life by providing habitat for them and helping remove carbon from the ocean while it grows.

The overwhelming benefits of seaweed are starting to gather pace among well-informed consumers. There is a heightened demand for seaweed in all its forms, with Global Market Insights predicting that the commercial seaweed market will exceed $87 billion by 2024.

It is up to you what you do with your seaweed harvest, however seaweed is very diverse and with more and more people becoming health conscious and more people turning to vegetarianism and veganism you shouldn't have any problems selling the seaweed on. You can also process the  seaweed into your own unique products, pickles, breads, chutneys, soups, dried seaweed or simply sell it on. Or simply sell it in bulk either fresh or dried, Pharmacuitacle, Cosmetics and Agricultural companies buy huge amounts of seaweeds for their products and more recently there has been an increase in interest from Asia, due to the warming seas and pollutants in there own waters. 

Ownership or Partnership?

1) We are offering two options to own a Seaweed farm in 2021, firstly complete ownership costing approximately £35k, (in an area of your choice**) run by you with our help. We will advise you through the setting up phase help plan the infrastructure and laying of equipment, including bottom weights / Eco weight / anchors, buoys, floats, lines and importantly supplying 1 Km of  seeded seaweed lines in 100m lengths to go onto the growing lines.

Also licencing paperwork and legal documents, harvesting and the sale of your seaweed  (** site approval subject to surveys). A licence to farm seaweed is valid for five years after which it will need to be renewed.

2)  The second more popular choice is to have your 10 x 100m seaweed lines run alongside ours here in Devon and Dorset, so we can do the day to day work, checking on buoys and lines where required, checking water quality and temperature and the growth rate of the seaweed. The 2021 investment is currently the same both options cost £35k. 

Growth,  Profit and Returns.

The current price for wet seaweed (Kelp) is £4 per kilogram, a 100m line will give you around 1500 Kg of wet seaweed, some lines may be less some maybe more.

If the seaweed was dried it would command a higher price but obviously there will be a cost in drying and transporting the seaweed.  We can alsohelp you find a buyer or sell it for you. 

Our own seaweeds are destined for food production, fertiliser and biochar. Other uses for UK seaweed are - Animal feed, Bio plastics, Bio fuel, Fibers for materials,

Please note: We are not able to offer boat trips or 'jolly's' out to any of our sites. 

Ready to invest?.

Start the process - Step one - a telephone consultation - Meet face to face - Agree terms and conditions - Sign contract / agreement followed by payments as listed below. 

Payment terms - A deposit of £5000 to start the process followed by 50% of the balance before putting the infrastructure in place then the remainder of the  balance before the seeded seaweed lines are put in the water.

There is an annual fee of £5k payable in year two through to year five to reseed the lines each year.

Do you have a question? Then please contact Alec direct at acwdevon@tiscali.co.uk

NB The price excludes any boat or vessel, 

We do not offer boat trips or sight seeing tours of any of the seaweed sites due to health and safety and insurance restrictions.


What is it all about?

Please watch the following video ( contains some swearing) it relates to a larger seaweed farm in the USA but gives you some idea of what can be achieved within a couple of years.

growing seaweed on lines

                                                                                             Image above by Stephanie Stroud for GreenWave USA


                                              The Humble algae is the hot new cash crop — and could be a surprising key to sustaining our growing population.

 

                         “Seaweed is very important for its natural ecosystem values,” Charles Yarish, PhD, leading seaweed expert and a professor in the department of ecology and evolutionary biology said. “Farming it is a win-win for the environment and the economy.” 


               So, how is it that these rootless sea tangles are on their way to major cash-crop status?

 

                   Marine plants (most of them photosynthetic algae like seaweed) produce around 80 percent of the oxygen we breathe, meaning if they disappeared from the face of the earth tomorrow, our species would struggle to survive. Seaweed also provides a key habitat for marine creatures, and the first link in the aquatic food chain. Without it, the entire system collapses. It is also the food of the future and is available now!

 

            But the seaweed is also a nutrient-packed superfood that’s sustainable to grow — it requires no fresh water (an increasingly scarce resource as the planet approaches 11 billion people) and no chemical fertilizers. It also packs a protein- and nutrient-rich punch.  “Kelp is the new kale. Watch out because it’s coming, and it will be everywhere in the next decade.”

            You could argue that seaweed is already everywhere, at least in a subtle way. Mostly grown at thriving farms in Asia, it’s been quietly incorporated into products likely in your pantry and bathroom right now. What’s not being cultivated for food is bought up by other industries. Seaweed extracts are used as textural additives in soups, jams, dressings and ice creams. They’re also a not-so-secret ingredient for brewers, since seaweed makes for a long-lasting, pillowy head on beer. Additionally, from January 2011 through October 2015, 2 percent of body-care products launched globally, including shampoos, lotions and toothpastes, contained seaweed. It may even be the world’s next great biofuel.

             Translation: Seaweed is money. The industry was worth $6 billion globally in 2014, and that number is expected to hit $18 billion by 2021.

 

              Considering these myriad benefits, Yarish sat down in 2009 while on sabbatical from UConn to contemplate why seaweed farming hadn’t yet taken hold in America and Europe. At the time, the U.S. couldn’t claim a single commercial operation. Today, there are more than 20, with more on the horizon, so let's not get left behind and get the UK seaweed farms on the radar.

 

             They don’t grow passively. As they mature, seaweeds absorb nutrients from the water, including carbon and nitrogen from agricultural runoff or the burning of fossil fuels. In other words, seaweed is a superhero of the sea, tackling two main culprits:  global warming and ocean acidification. By sucking up these nutrients, seaweed helps restore the pH level of the water, protecting biodiversity threatened by a changing climate. According to the Guardian, if seaweed farms covered just 9 percent of the world’s oceans, we could counteract all human carbon emissions.

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