Seaweed Farming Potential and reality in Andhra Pradesh coast

Megarajan, Sekhar and Ranjan, Ritesh and Xavier, Biji and Suresh, R D and Ghosh, Shubhadeep and Edward, Loveson and Ignatius, Boby (2021) Seaweed Farming Potential and reality in Andhra Pradesh coast. Aquaculture Spectrum, 3 (10). pp. 31-35.

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    Global aquatic plant production in 2016 was 30.1 million tonnes valued at USD 231.6 billion. Seaweeds were the most farmed aquatic plants, with a much smaller production volume also obtained from microalgae. Seaweeds are macrophytic algae; a primitive type of plant, lacking true roots, stem, leaves and generally growing in the shallow waters. Rapid expansion in farming of tropical species of seaweeds (Kappaphycus alvarezii and Eucheuma spp.) has taken place in countries such as China and Indonesia. Recently, attention is being increasingly focused on the nutritional value of several seaweed species, because of their high protein, vitamin and mineral content. Use of seaweeds has considerably increased for direct consumption (Undaria pinnatifida, Porphyra spp. and Caulerpa spp.), as well as for use in animal feed, fertilizers, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics and other applications. The major portion of seaweeds is industrially processed for extracting thickening agents such as alginate, agar and carrageenan. However, seaweed as raw material for carrageenan extraction has also been the major contributor to the growth of farmed aquatic plant production in the recent past, in several countries. Moreover, seaweed is also the only non-fish source of natural omega-3 long-chain fatty acid, and has therefore, attracted major attention among different category of population for inclusion in diets.

    Item Type: Article
    Uncontrolled Keywords: Seaweed Farming Potential; Andhra Pradesh coast
    Subjects: Aquaculture > Farming/Culture
    Algae > Seaweed
    Divisions: CMFRI-Visakhapatnam
    Depositing User: Arun Surendran
    Date Deposited: 15 Apr 2021 04:59
    Last Modified: 15 Apr 2021 04:59

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