The cultivation of the red alga Porphyra in North America to produce the edible product ‘nori’ is now in its tenth year of development. Cultivation technology has been transferred and modified from Japan and Korea. Early efforts by the Washington State Department of Natural Resources indicated that cultivation is biologically feasible and could be economically viable. Commercial production has begun in Washington, U.S.A. and in British Columbia, Canada. Early products are of high quality. Constraints to more rapid development are institutional — obtaining necessary permits for use of water areas and financing is difficult.
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This paper is dedicated to the memory of “Bud” Brinkhuis — friend and fellow phycologist who will be missed by all of us growing seawwees.
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Mumford, T.F. Nori cultivation in North America: growth of the industry. Hydrobiologia 204, 89–98 (1990). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF00040219
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