Journal of Applied Phycology

, Volume 23, Issue 3, pp 489–494

Creating a sustainable commercial harvest of Laminaria hyperborea, in Norway


DOI: 10.1007/s10811-010-9610-y

Cite this article as:
Vea, J. & Ask, E. J Appl Phycol (2011) 23: 489. doi:10.1007/s10811-010-9610-y


The mechanized harvesting of Laminaria hyperborea in Norway began nearly 50 years ago. Based on a clear understanding of the ecology and life cycle of L. hyperborea as well as the ecosystem, a sustainable management program for the harvest was created with a 5-year cycle and rotating zones in fields as the foundation of the plan. This has allowed a steady annual harvest of 130,000–180,000 t wet weight, depending on market demand. In the last decade, the Norwegian government, working with industry and other stakeholders, has produced more refined policies/documents governing the harvest. This macroalgal harvest plan provides an excellent example for resource managers in other parts of the world laboring to create sustainable harvest management plans.


Laminaria hyperboreaKelp harvestingSustainableSeaweed managementAlginate

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.FMC BioPolymer ASHaugesundNorway
  2. 2.FMC Corp.PhiladelphiaUSA