Inter-regional Network to promote sustainable development
in the marine Algal Industry
Funding Year: 2010
Funding Scheme: INTERREG IV
Sub-Programme: Atlantic Area
Project Duration: 2010- 2012
Total Project Value: €2,160,088
EU Grant-Aid: €1,404,034
Grant-Aid to Ireland: €415,137
Lead Partner: Indigo Rock Marine Research Station
Irish Partner: Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM)
The European macroalgae industry is mainly based on harvesting of natural resources of macroalgae. Worldwide macroalgae production increases by 5.7% every year. In 2008 nearly 14 mill tons of macroalgae was produced from capture and aquaculture. In Europe the production has decreased the last 10 years. The further expansion of the industry depends on sustainable increased access to raw material, development of valuable products and the transfer of expertise between developed and less developed regions.
The project NetALGAE aims to create a European network of relevant stakeholders within the marine macroalgae sector. Compilation of information from different regions will result in a wide ranging policy study of existing practice within the macroalgae industry. Analysis of the results will establish a best practice model and suggest policies for the successful, sustainable commercial utilization of marine macroalgae resources.
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