Seaweed Machines (SWM) is an engineering firm for the aquaculture industry. The company has worked on developing harvesting and processing equipment for seaweed, principally for gracilaria.Their latest technological development is an underwater ROV (Remotely Operated Vehicle) harvester.
Since last year, SWM and GHT (another firm supporting the project) have been fine-tuning the system to allow for remote operation of the harvest machine. Control for the electric harvester reaches 50 meters and can replace the necessity of scuba diving.
With this technology, the company affirms, seaweed can be harvested at a more rapid rate and worker safety is increased.