Wednesday, 05 July 2017 07:55

Spain: Assessment of macroalgae farming


The APROMAR association is developing and promoting a project entitled assessment of the exploitation and sustainable management proposals of macroalgae farming in ANDALUSIA, ASTURIAS AND GALICIA. The project members are the University of A Coruña (BioCost Group, Dr. Javier Cremades Ugarte), the Fisheries Experimentation Center of Asturias (Dr. Eva Maria Llera González) the IFAPA-Toruño of the Junta de Andalucía (Dr. José; Pedro Cañavate Hors) and the technical consultant and project coordinator, Mr Juan Manuel Fernández Aldana.

A GENERAL STUDY will assess a first overview of the macroalgae sector, followed by an ANALYSIS on the current situation of the exploitation and seaweed cultivation in Galicia, Andalusia and Asturias. A SUSTAINABLE MANAGEMENT PLAN, a GUIDE OF GOOD PRACTICES and, finally, a STRATEGY OF RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT for producing value added products from macroalgae will be produced.

The main findings of the project will be presented and discussed in two seminars. The first will take place in Galicia at the IGAFA facilities (Niño do Corvo s/n; Illa de Arousa; Pontevedra) on 19 November 2014. The second will take place the following day, November 20, in Andalusia, at the IFAPA-Center El Toruño (Ctra. N. IV Km. 654a; Camino de Tiro Pichón; El Puerto de Santa María; Cádiz).

The seminars are aimed at all those who have an interest in macroalgae. They include growers, harvesters, processors, researchers, catering sector, government administration, guilds and associations.

Attendance at both events is free upon registration. The registration form is available on or can be requested by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The project, which had a duration of 8 months, will end in late December 2014.

The project has been financed by the European Fisheries Fund with the support and collaboration of the Biodiversity Foundation, Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Environment, Spain.