Ecology

kelp growing naturally on rocks on he wild atlantic way

 

 

Algae can be both indicators of ocean health and can contribute to ocean health. The quality of algae is dependent on the waters in which it grows. The temperate clean Atlantic waters on the west coast of Ireland present the perfect set of conditions for abundant, mineral rich crops of seaweed. 

 

Algae are part of complex ecosystems which help to maintain balance in, and are also supported by balance in their natural environments. Micro-algae (plankton) are at the bottom of the food chain. Basking sharks and Blue whales survive on plankton. Killer whales (Orca) feed on Krill which feed on plankton. Urchins feed on kelp. Mother otters wrap their babies in kelp so they don't float away while the mothers are off hunting.

 

Redrose Developments is working, through education and raising public awareness, to encourage the research into and monitoring of new technologies. The impact of our practices on our CO2 producing algae will have crucial implications for our climate in the future.

Useful Links

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration: What lives in a kelp forest.