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2012, Aquamarine Power Ltd, Brough Head Wave Farm, Kelp Harvesting

2012, Aquamarine Power Ltd, Brough Head Wave Farm, Kelp Harvesting

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Benthic Ecology

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Kelp (Laminaria digitata) are large seaweed and are classified as the order Laminariales. There are about 300
different genera. Some species can be very long and form kelp forests. Forests can develop in shallow water which
is rich in nutrients below 20 degrees in temperature. These forests provide a habitat to a wide range of species.
Kelp has a wide range of commercial uses from plant fertiliser to food colourings. It is harvested commercially in
many areas around the world, including Orkney. The rapid growth rate reduces the impact this harvesting has on
the forests.

This report discusses some of the practical and environmental issues of clearing the seabed of kelp during the
installation of Oyster devices.

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