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Ireland's Coastal Seaweed (2009)

Seaweed is one of Ireland’s least-used resources. As an island with a 7,000km coastline, located in the warm and fertile waters of the Gulf Stream, we have an abundance of many different kinds of seaweed. Although we currently use only a small fraction of Irish seaweed, this situation is changing. Attention is turning to the sea as a source of food, energy, and raw material for the chemical and pharmaceutical industries. Ireland’s interesting history of harvesting seaweed is about to begin a new chapter.

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