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    It is a bloody nonsense. Tons of the stuff (yes kelp as well as wrack) washes up on beaches every year and collecting that can do no great harm* Ripping the living kelp out of the sea bed will be nothing more than greedy vandalism. The idea that it will be monitored and regulated is risible.

    *the billions sandhoppers and the birds that feed on them on the shore might be a bit short changed.

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    All over Europe rural people make a living growing or collecting produce the way they have done for centuries, then sell it in whatever quantities they individually harvest to a processing plant somewhere, and we get olives, wine, ham whatever, why is it that in the UK big companies do this using their people and the main profit is invariably channelled to shareholders somewhere, often abroad?

    The advantage with locals doing the harvesting is it brings employment and they generally have a vested interest in not damaging their resource, they will say it will bring employment but letting a company exploit it strikes me as a terrible failure for the local economy.

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    I cut Bladder wrack in the 70's for Scottish Alginates, hard work with a sickle, at the time, Kelp was gathered from the tide line and laid out to dry in the Hebrides, we were paid by the wet ton for Bladder wrack collected by boat from the factory at Keose,it was hard work but the money was welcome when we couldn't get fishing,I can't see a mechanical dredge lasting long over some of the ground that the Kelp grows on , but I will watch with baited breath(Not)
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    Iíve harvested seaweed myself and itís better to leave it to some else and buy it in a bottle. Iím okay with blackberries or sloes but dragging seaweed about only makes sense if yer starving or trying to get an organic allotment kickstarted.
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    Good old laver-bread... Laver (seaweed) - Wikipedia
    2019 & it will be time for a change.

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    Quote Originally Posted by easker1 View Post
    I can't see a mechanical dredge lasting long over some of the ground that the Kelp grows on , but I will watch with baited breath(Not)
    easker1
    The idea is to drag a giant comb along just above the seabed that will allow it to pick out the largest kelp stems and leave the smaller ones to grow on. The height above the sea bed that the comb will be trawled is 0.5 meters. Of course we all know the sea bed if flat and uniform for miles and miles and there is no way they will ever hit bottom.

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    Pertinent topic while the scallop wars hit the headlines. Both scallops and kelp can be harvested sustainably, in the case of scallops by diving and manual, selective methods, similarly kelp, as above, can be cut manually, an approach which leaves valuable coastal habitats unharmed.
    Mechanical harvesting is intrinsically damaging but governments like the figures of industrial exploitation regardless of the cost to the environment and so it goes.

    How we remain stuck in this primitive way of managing our resources is beyond me, we have all the science to make sound decisions but somehow that never outweighs the various lobbies which constantly demand the freedom to plunder our natural heritage with very few sanctions, total lunacy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by diawl bach View Post
    How we remain stuck in this primitive way of managing our resources is beyond me, we have all the science to make sound decisions but somehow that never outweighs the various lobbies which constantly demand the freedom to plunder our natural heritage with very few sanctions, total lunacy.
    In 500 years time they will look back and be amazed at our wasteful destruction, and how we came to worship the great god 'Spreadsheet'.

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    just to Paraphrase" once we have harvested all the Kelp, and eaten all the fish , then we will find we cant eat money" but we keep on doing it, easker1

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    Quote Originally Posted by easker1 View Post
    just to Paraphrase" once we have harvested all the Kelp, and eaten all the fish , then we will find we cant eat money" but we keep on doing it, easker1
    Its generally more like, once we have harvested all the kelp and fish, and sold it all for profit while depleting the resource till unprofitable then legged it, you discover.....

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