Meeting the local algae
Once we started the process of sourcing the materials for the algaegarden, it really underlined the relevancy of the project to the region. There is a big connection for food production, for scientific research and for monitoring the aquatic environment.
NutrOcean were kind enough to let us come down and visit their HQ in Rimouski. Here they grow algae for research and also supply aquaculture. What you can see in the pictures is basically a three-course meal for fish.
The other strains, we acquired from the Canadian Phycological Culture Centre. There, they have an amazing library of algae found in weird and wonderful places around Canada (copper mines, paper pulp ponds and seasonal lakes). Each one with a story of how it was discovered.
In and around the St Lawrence area there are a lot of research facilities, investigating the delicate ecosystem in the bay. Algae are an important facet of the food chain, and a good marker as to the how healthy the underwater community is.