85/365 April 5, 2010: The Seaweed Industry on Nusa Lembongan

Nusa Lembongan doesn’t have enough rainfall to reliably grow crops. They grow bananas for local consumption and some years the corn crop is a success.  For the past 20 years, the main industry has been seaweed harvesting.  It is sold to companies who use it to make an additive for ice cream.  

The seaweed has a 20 day cycle from planting to harvest.  Here are the baskets used to  haul the baby plants which are tied to strings. They are staked into the ocean at low tide.

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Here is seaweed in boats.

 


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At low tide you can see the new plants which are tied to rope. They are staked into the ocean floor.

 


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After harvested, the seaweed is bleached in the sun.

 


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The islanders are very strong, able to carry heavy baskets of  wet seaweed on their heads.

 


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When it is not quite low tide you can see some of the more mature plants growing in deeper water.

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