CLIMATE change has greatly affected seaweed cultivation in the North, says Fisheries Department project officer Nacanieli Bola.
Speaking to government officials at the recent International Day for the Eradication of Poverty celebrations in Natewa, Mr Bola said the adverse weather conditions affected the development of seaweed farms in the Cakaudrove area.
"We have started developing nurseries again in areas like Navava and Nagigi because of bad weather," he said.
"Two new breeds of seaweed known as Tambalang and Sucot from Indonesia have been introduced to these nurseries.
"They take a maximum of six to eight weeks before they're matured for harvest," he said.
Mr Bola said they were working closely with villagers in Cakaudrove to cultivate seaweeds.
"Our intention is that villagers take ownership of these projects and make it their own as their source of income.
"Cultivating seaweed is not only an income-generating project for these villagers but in a way it also regenerates the coastal ecosystem as the growth of seaweed means an abundance of marine lives.
"We aim at developing more farms but it is up to the people in our coastal areas if they are interested in the seaweed farm projects."
Mr Bola said the Fisheries Department was ready to assist coastal communities who were interested in seaweed cultivation.