Conservation of Kelp
Kelp forrests and subsistance fisherman
Ukelp is dedicated to supporting the livelihoods of subsistence fishermen on the West Coast of South Africa. These fishermen carefully harvest kelp under the strict supervision of the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) to ensure that regulations are upheld. As a company, Ukelp recognizes the importance of sustainable harvesting practices in the seaweed industry, and we strive to support employment opportunities for subsistence farmers and local communities.
At Ukelp, we are committed to responsible management of the natural resources of our ocean, and we take great care to prevent over-harvesting and protect the micro and macro ecosystems of the sea. We understand that the seaweed industry in South Africa is strictly governed by DAFF, and we go beyond the regulations to support sustainable employment for subsistence farmers and local communities.
In addition to our commitment to sustainable harvesting practices, Ukelp also supports education and knowledge transfer initiatives for commercial farmers. We believe that supporting entrepreneurs and small businesses is essential for the growth of the seaweed industry in South Africa. By sharing knowledge and resources, we can ensure that our industry continues to thrive while protecting the environment for generations to come.
Regulated by DAFF
Supporting local communities
Small West Coast fishing towns and villages
The seaweed industry in South Africa is strictly governed by the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF). DAFF regulates the quantity of seaweeds harvested along the country's coastlines to ensure sustainable use of the natural resources.
This regulation includes strict supervision of kelp harvesting activities carried out by subsistence fishermen, as well as commercial farmers. Ukelp, as a responsible player in the industry, abides by these regulations and supports sustainable employment for subsistence farmers and local communities while also ensuring the preservation of the micro and macro ecosystems of the sea.
Approved for use in organic systems in accordance with EC regulation 834/2007 and 889/2008 by Organic Farmers & Growers.