Submitted by: IDER - Instituto de Desenvolvimento Sustentável e Energias Renováveis
Implemented country: Brazil
Title: Sustainable Sea weed Cultivation
The seaweed of Brazil’s North Eastern coast is much in demand by the meat, dairy and cosmetics industries. But in recent years, over-harvesting has led to the collapse of seaweed beds and consequent decline of fish stocks. The project is working to repair the damage by encouraging traditional fishing communities to sustainably cultivate seaweed. Seedlings are attached to anchored ropes and grow within two months into full-size plants ready to be harvested. For processing and dehydration is utilized solar-powered equipment. The seaweed is now sold for ten-times the achieved before. Heartening recovery of fish stocks is also observed.