Who are we?
At the moment the we is just Duncan, a marine biologist (roguish in nature) who just loves the sea and loves eating what we know as seaweed and he calls tasty tasty seaveg. He has a degree in marine biology and zoology and a PhD in Zoology and has spent the last four years living and working on and from the small inner Hebridean island of Easdale, situated in the Firth of Lorn in Argyll, west coast Scotland. He has spent time working on RIBs as a wildlife tour guide, as crew for marine industry, helping with mussel and oyster farms and as a seaweed culturist at Otter Ferry Seafish Ltd. Founded in 2015 after finishing working on a cultivation project, Slate Islands Seaweed started trading in March 2016 offering seashore foraging tours. Though the motivation is a passion for the sea and seaweed as a food stuff, the drive is to help create a new and sustainable industrial sector in this part of Argyll, to help provide another source of employment and working with local companies to, well, harvest and grow seaweed as well as helping people really explore the beautiful coast that the Firth of Lorn, Sound of Jura and beyond throughout Argyll has to offer.
Trigger for starting the business
I love working with seaweed and wanted to stay in the seaweed business, seemed strange that Firth of Lorn and Argyll seemed to lack anything with seaweed more than just the work being undertaken at SAMS near Oban. Hence the start up.
– Duncan Smallman, founder.
Where are we based?
We are based on Easdale island and operate from there, with harvesting planned for the surrounding islands of the Firth of Lorn. For foraging forays and consultancy work, we are happy to work anywhere as long as it is to do with mighty macroalgae!
You can get hold of us by the following:
tel: 01852 300314
Slate Islands Seaweed Ltd, is a company limited by guarantee, registered with Company House, no. SC519009. Registered trading address: 1B Easdale Island, Oban, Argyll, PA34 4TB.