Macroalgae making waves in the Bay of Fundy
Dulse, a form of red algae that grows on the northern coasts of the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, is often eaten as a healthy chewy snack: it is high in iron and contains multiple micro-nutrients. Canadian newspaper Localxpress interviewed Dulse purchaser Gerry Flagg about the current state of the Dulse industry. Flagg mentioned that on an average morning, his crew picks about 50 pounds of Dulse off the rocks. He then sells the seaweed on the mainland for $12 a pound.
Business is booming in the Bay of Fundy as Flagg also mentions “we’re not looking for new markets because we can’t fill the markets we have now.” World seaweed production currently stands at 27.3 million tonnes. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations 2016 report, world seaweed production has grown 8% per year for the past decade. One would only hope for the trend to continue. The full article can be read here.