Bull kelp (Durvillaea spp.) is a strong option for offshore cultivation due to its ability to tolerate high wave energy and produce high levels of alginates. However, basic biological information required for its cultivation (reproduction, early lifecycle development and growth, hatchery methods and growout requirements) are not known which represents a significant knowledge gap for developing a bull kelp aquaculture industry.
This project will fill this knowledge gap. Once these hatchery methods are optimised it will provide the basis to develop bull kelp cultivation as part of the BE CRC and the emerging Australasian seaweed industry.