Land based seaweed farms-systems are far superior in so many ways than traditional open water seaweed cultivation practices. It is the only way to maintain sustainable intensive growth &maximum remediation capabilities; while producing biomass for many developing & emerging markets.
Land based farms are not subjected to the same environmental problems that traditional seaweed farms have such as weather conditions, variations in intensity of light, water temperature, fluctuations, ph levels and so on.
Land based farms (SSTC Systems) would have total environmental control over the growth cycle of seaweed and in conjunction with our proprietary growing and harvesting protocols; can adjust their lifecycle to grow at the optimum rate, regardless of season changes.
They may be higher in costs in the beginning but overall, they are much more cost effective.
Land-based systems are also not subjected to any man-made disasters such as oil spills. If it occurs; the land-based system can become a sufficient RAS, which can be built as an emergency backup system, ready to be used when the time comes.
Land based systems will not be affected by heavy predation by herbivores (seaweed eaters), which in nature would damage the plant blades that would be used for markets.
They do not need large shallow water expansive inter tidal areas; or on secured ropes anchored in a vertical fashion around fish farms and other eutrophic producing areas.
They also do not require seaworthy vessels with heavy duty equipment to work with or subject personnel to moving workspace that can exemplify injury and insurance costs.
The insurance for a land-based seaweed farm is quite lower than a traditional one due to the fact that it’s on land, doesn’t require heavy machinery, and only requires normal wet-gear of a seafood processor or less.
Farm to table is much lower in expenses involving permitting, maintaining, growing, harvesting, and delivering product to the markets; while producing a far lower carbon footprint.
There never is re-seeding of yearly crop due to sustainable cultivation techniques combined with a total environmental control growing system; like the SSTC System. Plants collected in the beginning will become “mother” plants; producing harvestable biomass for years.
Open Water Farms
Many commercial seaweed farms have resorted to cultivating seaweed in nature. Under these circumstances growth patterns of seaweed follows a natural cycle, fluctuating with change of season, amount of light, temperature and so on.
They usually require large tracts of shallow water inter tidal areas; or on secured ropes anchored in a vertical fashion in deeper waters, usually around fish farms and other eutrophic producing areas.
They are subjected to natural disasters, man-made disasters, vessel traffic.
They can be affected by heavy predation by herbivores (seaweed eaters), which damage the plants that would be used for markets.
They require boats to place and maintain the anchored equipment of the farms, harvesting and transporting of the biomass to land and re-setting the plants for the next season. All this adds to the carbon footprint of the operation.
There are fuel costs, equipment and vessel maintenance; as well as; hefty insurance policies to cover these material requirements and vessels, and injury of personnel on a moving workspace.
There are coastal waterway (navigation) restrictions, and unsightly floating structures that can be seen from shore by the public in some cases.
There can be a cumbersome permit process involved.