Conference Proceeding

Development of Offshore Aquaculture System Technology for Macroalgae (Seaweed) Seaweed Farming

Dr. O. O. Sulaiman,
Seaweed macroalage is increasingly becoming potential source of raw material for range of biotech products. The existing cultivation system for seaweed is not environmentally, socially and economically sustainable. In order for production to meet demand, it is necessary to develop sustainable technology for large scale farming in open sea. The paper presents development of reliable marine technologies for offshore oceanic seaweed. The paper also highlights the design and deployment of prototype system in Bidong Island, Terengganu during 2016 before monsoon. At the end of the monsoon period the prototype still stable in situ. Selected seaweed species with biofuel potential were test planted on the system and growth performance of the particular species was monitored. Bioremediation potential and suitability of growth of Gracilaria and Ulva on the system are examined. From the preliminary results, all three species were able to grow on the system indicated the designed system is feasible for biomass production of seaweed. The studies goal is to develop local capability and provide supplementary income to fishermen in rural areas by selling seaweed as a cash crop and enhanced effective use of ocean resources.

Published: 28 July 2017


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