Field Document 03.
The Evolution of Seaweed Farming Development and its Relevance to Rural Agro-Industrial Development of Coastal Communities in the Philippines.
SEAWEED PRODUCTION DEVELOPMENT PROJECT
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Medina N. Delmendo
National Seaweed Farming Consultant,
Marine Colloids, Cebu
Aquafarming Development Foundation, Metro Manila
This field document is one of a series of documents prepared during the course of the project identified on the title page. The conclusions and recommendations given in the document are those considered appropriate at the time of its preparation. They may be modified in the light of further knowledge gained at subsequent stages of the project.
The Project Area: Eastern Sorsogon and Sorsogon Bay
The paper describes the historical development of Eucheuma seaweeds farming in the Philippines, how it started and the present status of the industry. It also introduces the on-going development towards the farming of Gracilaria as a means of diversifying seaweed production and improving the socio-economic conditions of rural coastal communities.
DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
BUREAU OF FISHERIES AND AQUATIC RESOURCES
FOOD AND AGRICULTURE ORGANIZATION OF THE UNITED NATIONS
UNITED NATIONS DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME
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LIST OF FIGURES
2. DEVELOPMENT OF EUCHEUMA SEAWEED FARMING
3. GRACILARIA FARMING DEVELOPMENT
4. AGRO-INDUSTRIAL RELEVANCE OF SEAWEED FARMING TO RURAL COASTAL COMMUNITIES
Figure 1 Location map of Sorsogon province showing the eastern coastal communities covered by the Gracilaria seaweed farming development project.
Figure 2 Layout of a 1.0-hectare seaweed farm.
Table 1 Philippine exports of dried Eucheuma, 1985–1989.
Table 2 Agarophyte seaweeds imported by Japan, 1984.
Table 3 Estimate production of 1.0 hectare seaweed farm