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Algapelago looks to expand and diversify into mussel farming

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Algapelago, a UK startup that is developing animal feeds and fertilisers from seaweed it is growing in England, has announced plans to expand its seaweed production, as well as diversify into mussel farming.

Seaweed harvested from sustainable seaweed forests will be used to launch products for animal feed, agriculture and nature-based capital in 2024

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Based off the shores of Devon, Algapelago is the largest licenced kelp cultivator in the United Kingdom, wiuth a licence to farm a 120ha site in Bideford Bay, North Devon.

They are currently working to prove their concept at this site, before scaling operations to supply high quality cultivated kelp as a sustainable material for food, nutra and pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, bio-packaging, animal feed, fertilisers and other applications. Over time they aim to grow a network or scalable seaweed forests, which it refers to as "algapelagos".

Trialling a super seaweed sauce for the soil

The company is currently collaborating with 10 terrestrial farms which are trialing their bio-stimulant. They hope this research and development will collect data that will enable them to develop an optimised seaweed-based formulation for agricultural purposes.

They expect to distribute the optimised formulation to the agriculture and horticulture industries, as well as for gardeners who grow their own food and house plants.

Farming for a sustainable future

Algapelago is also partnering with universities in southwest England to access cutting-edge research about seaweed and innovate with kelp.

In the year ahead, Algapelago aims to increase its seaweed crop and grow shellfish, such as mussels, too. The company is also aiming to launch its own range of seaweed-based consumer products.

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