Seaweed Development Fisheries Groups
The trend of consuming healthy food, a main value of the Thai society at the present age is considered to be an important factor which helps people see the importance of seaweed resources. This has brought about demand of products and raw products including business of seaweed cultivation. Seaweed especially for sea grapes is a seaweed with popularity for cultivation due to its good taste and being healthy food with high nutritional values rich in several vitamins. Therefore, there are a large number of people who are interested in cultivating and processing the seaweed for health of this kind. Establishing a group of farmers for seaweed farming is grouping of farmers in the area of Laem Pak Bia sub-district and Bang Kaew subdistrict, Ban Laem district and Hat Chao Samran sub-district, Muang district, Phetchaburi province and the area of sub-districts nearby due to the fact that most people make a living from conducting sea salt farming and coastal fisheries. Therefore, this is done to create a new occupation or a supplementary occupation bringing about incomes to families. Moreover, this is to promote seaweed to be well known, to expand markets and to propagate knowledge to farmers as well as for those who are interested in making a living from seaweed.
Initially, there were 26 applicants applying to be members of the group. There is an operation committee consisting of 9 people. The establishment of the Phetchaburi seaweed development fishery group is located at 118, Moo 1, Laem Phak Bia sub-district, Ban Laem district, Phetchaburi province.