We are developing new methodologies to ensure continuity of supply and quantity and quality control over high-value species and low-cost market entry to support local communities. We are involved in developing cutting-edge technologies to grow specific species, strengthening the position of high quality, Irish raw material in the global market-place. With a strong environmental awareness, early indicators suggest positive commercial and ecological outcomes.
Redrose Developments is working with the Ryan institute to develop a new methodology to grow a range of sea-plants in relatively shallow waters in scaleable quantities. The concept should allow for a single diver to both place and retrieve the plants reducing costs for harvesting and planting and would reduce waste.
The variety of the plants would also increase and address the major consideration surrounding seasonal variation and cost effective productivity. As the concept is one of generating moderate size yields this would suit scaled regional community based commercial enterprises producing consistent high quality and high value products. This methodology would suit the challenges faced to reduce cost and enhance consistent quantities and qualities of raw product.
The smaller quantities would suit a scale process reducing waste and allowing for the maximisation of the value from each plant. There is an application being submitted to H2020 to fund the research project utilising this method across a range of environments and locations, exploring the suitability to a range of tidal flows, water temperature and a variety of plants.