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Natural products and marine science

BIOTECHNOLOGY

Our region's unique landscape provides an abundance of natural resource from the sea and land, such as seaweed and timber. These can be used as feedstock for industrial biotechnology applications and create high value products for the food, pharmaceutical or packaging industries. By-products from aquaculture, forestry, brewing and distilling can be transformed into valuable products.

Our region is home to the largest seaweed processing company in the UK and Scotland's oldest independent marine science organisation - the Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS).

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2500

strains of algae and protozoa in Europe's largest culture collection

50

of the UK's seaweed cultivation farms

15000

km of coastline

24

marine biotechnology researchers at SAMS

Wild seaweed harvesting as a diversification opportunity for fishermen

Read our report on wild seaweed harvesting as an opportunity for fishermen to diversify.
The accompanying kelp atlas shows the locations and type of seaweed located around our coastline.

Read the report here

SCOTTISH ASSOCIATION OF MARINE SCIENCE (SAMS)

Situated at the European Marine Science Park, SAMS is one of the UK's leading seaweed cultivation institutes. Home to Europe's largest and most diverse culture collections for algae and protozoa.

Visit SAMS website

Students sitting at a lab table studying marine science