Note concerning sources:
Reliable statistics concerning commercial seaplant harvests are difficult to obtain since virtually no official entities make accurate data available for public use. Additions and modifications are made to SuriaLink's statistical databases as new information comes from various sources including publications and personal communications from SuriaLink users. We do our best to make sure that we present information that is accurate and correct but we cannot guarantee said accuracy and correctness.

A useful print reference for world seaweed production statistics that was a helpful starting point for us is Zemke-White, W. L. & M. Ohno, 1999. World seaweed utilisation: an end-of-century summary. Journal of Applied Phycology 11: pp. 369-376. Please note however that in no way are these authors responsible for any errors or omissions that appear in SuriaLink's statistical summaries.

Note concerning seaplant names:
Taxonomic ("scientific") names of seaplants undergo revision as the field of taxonomy progresses. Over the past several decades this has led to the commonly used generic names of several commercial species being changed and many specific names have been changed. As a matter of policy SuriaLink accepts the taxonomic names presented as being current in http://www.algaebase.org/

Common names for seaplants can be very confusing. Algaebase has an expanding list of common names. SuriaLink limits the use of common names to those used in local or international commerce. We welcome information from SuriaLink users concerning common names. 

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