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North Island hoping to expand commercial seaweed production

Seaweed farming and harvesting is a growing industry on the Island, and the regional district wants to help it grow even more.

The Mount Waddington Regional District will decide this week whether or not to hire a consultant to create and provide a seaweed industry development plan. Provincial funding of around $85,000 will cover the plan’s costs.

Seaweed is farmed all around the Island, including a joint venture between the Nuu-Chah-Nulth First Nation and Cascadia Seafoods on the west coast. There are several pilot projects on the North Island, including one project ongoing with the Kwakiutl nation.

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Currently most seaweed products sold in BC are imported from Asia, and the regional district sees potential for local harvesters to take advantage of the market.

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