The harvest

Japanese Laminaria, the seaweed from Sakhalin”.

Seaweed allows us to achieve the dream of Hippocrates.
‘Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food’.

Seaweed is the origin of all life on the planet and is the oldest example of flora in the world. They can accumulate extremely useful substances from the seawater, more so than any other marine product. Seaweed produces 80% of the oxygen that we breathe and contains between ten and twenty times more minerals than land vegetables do.

Since long ago, the favourite of the 25 million species of seaweed has always been brown algae – Laminaria. The most useful of the over 100 Laminaria species is Japanese Laminaria (saccharina), both for its taste and its high contents of nutrients. This grows naturally in the coastal waters of Hokkaido and in the region of the Russian Island of Sakhalin. The chemical composition, optimal temperature and clean and cold waters, provide the kelp with excellent conditions in which to mature and a great capacity to grow. Indeed up to 500,000 tonnes can grow in this region.

The island of Sakhalin is a strategic region due to the richness of its waters.

The Harvest

The Kombu kelp harvest is carried out under the guidelines established by Sakhalin-Kuril harvesting. This requires waiting for at least two years for the kelp to meet the requirements of this food with many active properties and to be suitable for human consumption while guaranteeing the sustainability of the species. Currently our company harvests 24,000 tonnes of Kombu kelp (Japanese Laminaria) each year.

The kelp is manually extracted and is only harvested if it is between two and four metres long and attached to the substratum. It is also only harvested when the sea is calm so that the kelp doesn’t mix with the sand which rises up from the seabed leaving the kelp totally clean and ready for drying upon extraction. In recent years, a highly advanced drying process has been developed, considerably reducing the time of this process from twelve to eight hours.

Once extracted the kelp is taken directly to the factory for processing. The equipment allows the production of 40 tonnes of Kombu kelp, 300 tonnes of kombu kelp in julienne strips and 5 tonnes of kombu kelp flakes. The modulated machinery as well as the extensive facilities allows us to increase production on a large scale, according to national and international demand, allowing us to supply any market.

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