Inter-American Foundation (IAF) Funds Seamoss Project in Tobago

The Buccoo Reef Trust (BRT) has been awarded a grant from the Inter-American Foundation for a 2-year project aimed at developing sustainable seamoss-harvesting and seamoss-farming activities in Tobago, along with processing and marketing of value-added seamoss products.

Seamoss is the collective name given to a group of marine plants or algae that are traditionally harvested in the Caribbean to make drinks and puddings. The gels from these highly versatile plants can also be used to make cosmetics and shower gels. The project, which is due to start in January 2004, has been designed to facilitate coastal communities, local businesses and potential entrepreneurs to venture into the potentially lucrative seamoss industry.

Individuals interested in finding out more about this project should contact the offices of the BRT.