Acadian Seaplants

Acadian Seaplants (Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency)

The expansion of a company in Nova Scotia that harvests seaweed used in specialty fertilizers, animal feed supplements and by cosmetics markets is getting provincial government support.

Acadian Seaplants is spending more than $4 million on new equipment at its operations in Shelburne County, Cornwallis, and Yarmouth and Charlesville.

The province is contributing almost $540,000 to the project.

Acadian Seaplants harvests and processes seaweed that is shipped to 80 companies around the world.

The biotechnology company's products are used by a variety of industries and includes cultivated sea vegetables sold at Asian food markets.

Acadian Seaplants president Jean-Paul Deveau says the equipment the company is buying will help it improve productivity, while also cutting waste and emissions.