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VIU: Harvesting seaweed from Deep Bay not risky for environment

Vancouver Island University researchers say gathering seaweed from beaches in the Deep Bay area doesn’t have a significant environmental impact.

VIU was brought in to study the harvest of Mazzaella Japonica.

It washes up on shore in large amounts every winter and just happens to be a highly valuable additive for food, cosmetics and pharmaceuticals.

The province has been licencing a limited harvest, over the objections of people who say it was risking environmental damage.

Brian Kingzett, is the Manager of VIU’s Deep Bay Marine Field Station.

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“There is the first narrative that is being seen by the harvesters that this is an economic opportunity, that this is perhaps a sustainable harvest and that it’s adding employment on the coast.”

Kingzett says they concluded there’s a minimal environmental and social impact. As a result, the province has OK’d five licenses, to harvest 2000 tonnes this year.

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