Nha Trang Oceanography Institute has been invited to transfer planting, preserving and processing technology of sea grapes that are used as vegetables for the warriors of Truong Sa Island.
As the requirement of Khanh Hoa Province, the Institute will build two sea grapes planting model in tanks at Zone 4 of Navy (Cam Ranh City) in order to train planting, alimenting, preserving and processing technology of sea grape for 40 people.
The Institute also completed the documentation of sea grapes’ planting, alimenting, preserving and processing so that it is suitable for ecological and socioeconomic conditions of Truong Sa Island.
The transmission will be completed after 18 months. Successful transmission in planting technology will help to meet the demands of vegetables shortage for warriors and civilian in Truong Sa Island.
Sea grapes (Caulerpa lentillifera) are also called green caviar, it looks like seed fish with green color and grows in clusters like grapes in sea water.
Sea grapes grow in slob ground in waters with high salinity and hot temperature. Sea grapes grow rapidly, it increases about 2cm long everyday in an environment with many organic chemicals. This type of seaweed is a worthy food source of food and provides vitamins A, C and trace elements such as iron, iodine, calcium.
After 2 months of cultivation, sea grapes can be harvested. Processing stage after harvest is mainly keeping the stiffness for sea grapes. Fresh sea grapes can circulate on the market from 1 week to 10 days.
In the topic "The scientific base for the development of sea grapes planting in Vietnam", from 2006-2007, sea grape has been planted successfully in Cam Ranh, Hon Khoi - Ninh Hoa (Khanh Hoa Province). Reportedly, the price of sea grape breed on the international market is quite high. On the Japanese market, a sea grape packet that preserved in water or by salt costs 82.5 USD/ kg and fresh sea grape is 60 – 70 USD/ kg.
Along with the program "Freshwater for Truong Sa", hoping that sea grape planting project can contribute two strategic supplies: fresh water and vegetables for military and civilian of Truong Sa.