Algamar is a pioneer in harvesting, processing and direct production of sea vegetables and has the legal recognition of the Autonomous Regional Government and its Department of Fishing, Shellfishing and Aquiculture.
We use edible algae studied by specialised and internationally accepted official bodies.
As harvesters of wild edible algae, the company has a “Waters Exploitation Plan”, approved annually by the public Fishing Authority and published in the Official Bulletin of Galicia (DOGA). This plan guarantees that the resources taken from the sea are renewable and maintain the balance of the ecosystem.
The algae are collected by hand on the rocks and usually in the water, selecting and cutting the adult plants at their optimum point of development, just before they wither.
Following their selection and harvesting from the sea, the fresh algae are checked, subjected to a second selection process and then desiccated in drying chambers, at a low temperature, for human consumption as a dehydrated vegetable. In this way the air and the algae’s own sea salt provide long-lasting, natural preservation.
Low temperature (< 42 °C) drying preserves the maximum nutritional value.
The originality of the company: we are specialists in sea vegetables
Algamar is the first Spanish company to specialise exclusively in harvesting, drying and preparing marine sea vegetables for use as a food.
Experience and Official Recognition
The company was founded in 1996 by the Fernández Sáa brothers, Clemente and Fermín, with the aim of promoting and spreading the word about the marvellous nutritional properties of Galicia’s native marine algae.
The company is registered with the Official Control Authority (CRAE) as an Organic Producer.
In 2008 the Department of Nutrition and Food Technology of the University of Santiago de Compostela concluded and certified that Algamar’s sea vegetables “have the characteristics expected of a healthy foodstuff”.
In 2009, the Spanish Ministry of the Environment awarded the BIODIVERSITY 2009 PRIZE,to Algamar for its example of innovation and solidity in the management of and respect for natural resources.
In a first for the organic sector, in 2010 Algamar’s sea vegetables received the European ORGANIC CERTIFICATION under the new European Commission Regulation No. 710/2009 that came into force on 1 July 2010.
Working Zone – An Ecological Environment
Its headquarters are in the Bay of Vigo, 18 km from the city of Vigo and 30 km north of the Portuguese border. Most of the company’s algae are harvested on the southern coast of Galicia, in the area classified by the European Union as part of the Natura 2000 network, very close to the Atlantic Islands Natural Reserve.
Local, Renewable and Abundant Resources: Food Sovereignty
The seaweed or sea vegetables harvested by ALGAMAR in Galicia are wild vegetables. As the official publications of the Fisheries Authority state, seaweed is an abundant, native and natural resource that moreover renews itself every year in the sea and is therefore a stable and sustainable foodstuff. Sea vegetable harvesting is regulated and supervised by the Xunta de Galicia (the Regional Autonomous Government) by which ALGAMAR has been licensed on a yearly basis since it was established (published in the DOGA – the Official Bulletin of Galicia).