Western Seaweed gathering 27th April carna

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27th April 2019 @ 11:00 am

Seaweed flyer (1)


See seaweed Flyer attached above  – has all the details


Traditional Seaweed Harvesters Get Organised


Connemara leads the way with a one day gathering of traditional handcutters. Sat 27th April 2019, at Tigh Mheaic  Carna for Tionól Feamainne an Iarthair/ Western Seaweed Gathering. It is organised  on behalf of Coiste Chearta Feamainne Chonamara/ Conamara Seaweed Rights Committee.

It’s a one day gathering for the purpose of clarifying the issues of concern to Traditional Seaweed Harvesters, addressing some of their concerns and looking at possible solutions.

Aims of the day to discuss

  • Seaweed rights and legislation
  • Economic and environmental superiority of traditionally harvested seaweeds over mechanically harvested seaweeds.
  • Success in seaweed enterprises and funding opportunities
  • Sustainability through ownership of resource



Western Seaweed Gathering

Come and learn about traditional harvesting of seaweed in Tigh Mheaic Carna on the 27th of April.

11.00 Introduction and welcome John Baba Jack Ó Conghaola.

11-11.20  Seaweed of our Atlantic coast – Value of Traditional hand Harvesting

(Marie Louise Heffernan/Séagh Mac SÍurdáin )

11.20 – 11.40 Blath na Mara – a successful food industry based on seaweed

11.40- 12  Questions /Coffee


12.00 -12.20  John Fitzgerald Legislation and local business

12.20 -12.40 Martin Dempsey – security of supply

12-.40- 1.00 Seamus Breatnach BIM FLAGS  – Funding of seaweed enterprises

Wrap of Morning Session


  • Lunch


14.00 – 14.20 Karen Dubsky Sustainability and seaweed

14.20-14.40  Udaras Support mechanisms for traditional industry

14.40 15.00– Tony  Barrett – Processing and benefits of traditionally harvested seaweed

15.00 -15.20 Questions/Coffee



15.20- 15.40 Eamon Mylotte  legislation and round Up

15.40-16.00 Wrap and conclusion


Aim will be to inform people on seaweed and to collect contact details for all harvesters to ensure everyone is kept informed regarding legislation.

Hosted by Coiste Chearta Feamainne Conamara.

Entrance Fee 10 euro to fund ongoing information for harvesters




Marie-Louise HeffernanWestern Seaweed gathering 27th April carna

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