About Us

irish-dulse-infoIrish Seaweeds, previously Dolphin Sea Vegetable Company, Northern Ireland was established in 1990.

We are a small family run and orientated business based in Belfast. We hand harvest Irish seaweeds from around the shores / coast of Ireland is an sustainable manner and have developed and progressed the sea vegetables / seaweed market / industry within Ireland.

We mainly hand harvest the following various Irish seaweeds / macroalgae :-

Common name – Latin Name : –

Dulse / Dillisk / tangles / tang – Palmaria palmata
For more info on Dulse – please click here

Carrageen / carragheen / Irish Moss / carrageenan – Chondrus crispus
For more info on Carrageen – please click here

Kelp / Kombu / Konbu / Haidai – Laminaria digitata
For more info on Kelp – please click here

Sweet Kelp / Sugar Kelp / Kombu Royale – Saccharina latissima – Laminaria saccharina
For more info on Sweet Kelp – please click here

Sea Lettuce – Ulva lactuca
For more info on Sea Lettuce – please click here

Sea Spaghetti – Himanthalia elongata
For more info on Sea Spaghetti – please click here

Irish / Atlantic Wakame – Alaria esculenta
For more info on Irish Wakame – please click here

More background

After many years of hand harvesting and supplying the local Northern Ireland market with the edible red seaweed – Dulse (Rhodophyta – Palmaria palmata) – a traditional snack food in Northern Ireland and the west coast of Ireland, Irish Seaweeds / Dolphin Sea Vegetable Company instigated Research & Development Projects, with major Universities within Ireland and Northern Ireland, for the drying and cultivation techniques of sea veg – edible seaweeds.

To enable a fully controlled drying system and to install a HACCP System (a legal requirement for any registered food facility/manufacturer), we have had to come away from the traditional method (unhygienic) of air drying seaweed, along the beach/shore.

Our drying and production system enables us to have full control. From harvesting to packaging to you, our customer.

We have also embarked on Research & Development with various Universities has also resulted in the establishment of seaweed aquaculture and led to the installation of an experimental “Seaweed Culture” – based in Strangford Lough, Co Down, Northern Ireland.

THE FIRST IN EUROPE OF IT’S KIND!!!!

The “seaweed farm” in Strangford Lough – still at the experimental stagehand harvesting seaweed in Ireland – hand harvesting seaweed in Ireland

Due to increasing worldwide interest in the use of algae / seaweeds for their health properties and benefits, Irish Seaweed / Dolphin Sea Vegetable Company undertook further Research Programs, which has resulted in the development of the Red Marine Algae ( RMA ) products – called PHYCO-PLEX and EMERALD RMA.

With global interest of seaweed, its naturalness and its many properties, Irish Seaweeds also have their own Seaweed Skin Care range for Psoriasis, Ezcema, Acne, Dry Skin, etc.

Irish Seaweeds Skin Care range are made from 100% natural Irish Seaweed, hand harvested from the shores of the Irish Coast. All it is, is just seaweeds!