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SEAWEED FARMING IN THE BERMAGUI AREA: research workshop and information session

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Share your thoughts and find out more about this UOW research project and proposal
Thursday 20th July at Bermagui Community Hall

Sea Health Products hand harvests seaweed from local beaches. The seaweed is dried and processed into powder or granules that can be made into fresh organic products. While demand for kelp products is growing, supplies of kelp have declined. In response Sea Health Products have developed a proposal for two kelp farms in Bermagui (Haywards Beach) and Pambula (Merimbula Bay).

The Blue Economy CRCand the University of Wollongong have partnered with Sea Health Products and other south coast aquaculture businesses to conduct baseline social, economic and cultural research to explore the benefits and impacts of seaweed farming for local communities on the south coast of NSW.

We are interested in talking to residents/homeowners, ocean users (including fishers, surfers, boaters, swimmers, divers etc), business owners, tourism, commercial fishers, and members of the broader community.We would like to hear from you about how you feel about the development of this industry in the Bermagui area.

The project team will work alongside community, Indigenous rights holders and other marine estate users to understand what matters to them when it comes to growing the blue economy, and what is needed to address community sentiment and grow community support for regenerative aquaculture opportunities in the local area.

“Our role in this collaboration is to conduct research which will explore how communities feel about these new activities, and identify how these businesses can work with local residents to share the benefits of the developments and address any areas of concern,” said Dr Michelle Voyer from UOW.

4.30pm - Arrive forlight refreshments
5pm – Jo Lane from Sea Health Products will introduce you to her story and the plan for a local seaweed farm
5.30pm – the UOW team will run a workshop style activity where you can provide feedback, ask questions and contribute information
7pm - close

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