Seagriculture 2018

7th International Seaweed Conference

6-7 November, Galway, Ireland

Seagriculture 2018 site visit

Connemara Abalone Farm

The secret of successful aquaculture can be simply stated: clean water, good food, and a comfortable environment. They can provide all this through a combination of location and technology. They are located in an area where the ocean water is naturally pure and our abalone’s favourite seaweed (palmeria palmata and laminaria) is abundant. They use the very latest
re-circulation technology to keep the animals safe and warm in a controlled environment in on-shore tanks.

Their abalone are fed locally-harvested seaweed only (no artificial substitutes or additives), and kept in pristine waters that are constantly filtered and cleaned. The seaweed branches are cut with a small blade (so the plant remains attached to its rock and can re-generate itself), or simply collected after they torn off and washed up by the frequent storms that pass over this part of the world.

As evidenced by their enthusiasm for eating, growing, and reproducing, our abalone are as happy as, well, clams - only much more substantial, and much, much tastier! In fact, abalone are the most efficient way known to nature of converting seaweed to white protein.

Connemara Seaweed Company
Connemara Seaweed Company provide hand harvested, sustainable, kelp and seaweed products for human consumption through health supplements and edible products.
Coral Beach Carraroe
The site visit will include a stop at coral beach (maerl) at Carraroe for seaweed collection.
The coral sand is in fact detached red calcified seaweed, maërl or otherwise known as coralline algae which forms the beach and feels like fine gravel underfoot. These are known as “coral strands” and are found at several places along the Connemara coast. This is a beautiful beache with different sized “coral” fragments.