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4 ECONOMIC APPRAISAL

4.1 INTRODUCTION

4.2 SEAWEED PRODUCTION IN THE WESTERN ISLES

4.2.1 Historical

4.2.2 Current

4.2.3 Economic Value

4.2.4 Comparison with Production Elsewhere

4.3 MARKETS FOR SEAWEEDS AND ASSOCIATED PRODUCTS

4.3.1 Alginates and Other Phycocolloids

4.3.2 Fertilisers

4.3.3 Animal Nutrition

4.3.4 Specialist Food Products

4.3.5 Cosmetics

4.4 Market Opportunities for the Western Isles

4.4.1 SWOT Analysis

4.4.2 Discussion

4.4.3 Recommendations

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