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Eucalyptus timber made Mussel & Oyster Farms: Galician Seafood
Posted by Gus on 5/11/2010, 8:09 am
Eucalyptus globulus: a noble wood from Galician planted forests (I)
Today we will see one of the many examples of eucalypt timber plantations being the source of positive economic impacts on other industrial activities different from what is purely forestry, of positive social impacts on rural populations of both coastal and hinterland areas, and of positive environmental impacts linked to CO2 capture and storage. For the Galician case, we will see it is not a nonsense saying that without Eucalyptus, one of the finest sustainable Acquaculture and Seafood farming operations in the world, the Galician Mussel & Oyster industry, would not exist.
Fig. 1: Galician "Bateas" (Mussel & Oyster Farms) are built using plantation grown Eucalyptus globulus sawn timber: master beams, secondary beams plus mussel or oyster cultivation frameworks have been made of plantation grown Tasmanian Blue Gum solidwood for over 50 years. (Click image to enlarge)
EUCALYPTOLOGICS has recently toured the Galician World of Spanish Eucalyptus in the good company of Australian visitors. From Tasmania, and as part of their Eucalyptus World Trip, representatives of Forestry Tasmania, Britton Timbers and McKay Timber have been able to spot on site the whole process of Mussel Farm building, from eucalypt tree harvest to the final assembly of wooden structures at dockyard.
Fig. 2: Tasmanian & Galician sawmillers visiting a plantation grown Eucalyptus globulus mussel farm at its coastal dockyard: Manuel Sánchez Torrado's expertise as Master Naval Carpenter has greatly contributed to make a sustainable timber based acquaculture industry possible in Galicia. (Click image to enlarge).
Even if the story of Eucalyptus cultivation in Galicia spans for longer a time, it all started seriously some 65 years ago. A nearly treeless country had started to cultivate fast growing Australian trees as source of raw material for several future industrial lines. The Eucalyptus coastal rainforest of Spain started to grow, and soon was able to replenish the increasingly scarce local hardwood supply. No other tree than Eucalyptus globulus, so well adapted to the mild and rainy climates of the Rias Baixas estuaries, had ever grown so fast in Spain to produce long timber. "Paus Largos", as we say here in the Land's End. Read the Full Story at Eucalyptologics
Link: Eucalyptologics: Plantation eucalypt solidwood uses - Acquaculture